Electoral Geographies in Post-Communist Romania: Neoliberalism & Economic Austerity and the Social-Democratic Ascendancy

image (5)This event will take place on the 11th of October, 16.00-18.00, Council Room, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu. nr.9), sector 5, Bucharest.
Abstract
Post-communist Romania has experienced two harsh phases of neoliberal policies, the 1996-2000 Convention’s government and the post-2009 austerity measures implemented by the Democrat-Liberal Party. Those measures translate into a high rate of unemployment, wage cuts in public sectors, inflation, etc. In the similar period, the Social Democratic Party (PSD) has increased its share votes exponentially. By using the parliamentary elections (1996-2016) I am trying to underline that the elections results are a sort of electoral responses to the government policies. No matter of the economic development, the PSD electoral uptrend is similar in all the Romanian geographical regions. In a sense, economic geography could be associated with the political geography of party support. Micro-analysis are required for better understating the relations between economic performances & policies and the particular electoral geography.
Keywords: post-communism, elections, neoliberal policies, social-democrats, Romania
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