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Ideology, party system institutionalisation, and redistribution in post-communist Europe
Sala Triaria Villa Schifanoia
Join Ana Petrova and Bilyana Petrova as they present their research in the tenth 2022-2023 EGPP seminar series
A vast literature explores the effect of political parties on economic redistribution around the world. Existing scholarship has highlighted the role of partisan ideology, organisation, linkages, and associations with diverse constituencies. The structure of the entire partisan system, in contrast, has received relatively less attention. This paper examines how party system institutionalisation affects economic inequality and redistribution in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). It departs from the premise that, because of the legacy of communism in the region, countries with more institutionalised party systems will reach higher levels of both economic inequality and economic redistribution. Building on recent research on political parties in CEE, it further argues that partisan ideology loses its predictive power in more institutionalised party systems. We test these hypotheses with data from 11 Central and Eastern European democracies between 2004 to 2018.