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Matějů, Petr, Klára Vlachová

Values and Electoral Decisions in the Czech Republic

Matějů, Petr, Klára Vlachová. 1998. „Values and Electoral Decisions in the Czech Republic.“ Communist and Post-Communist Studies 31 (3): 249-269. ISSN 0967-067X.

This article is an attempt to identify the role of politically relevant values and attitudes in voting behaviour in the Czech Republic. In view of the results of earlier analyses, which show there has been a process of intense crystallization of left–right political axis of the Czech political spectrum, this paper aims to demonstrate the specific roles of declared and value-based left–right political orientations, the effects of external and internal political efficacy, the feelings of anomie, and the required role of state. The analysis of data from the ISSP survey carried out at the end of 1996 shows that a person's declared position on the left–right axis of political orientation has far stronger influence on voting behaviour than does his or her position on the left–right scale based on socio-economic values traditionally underlying left–right political orientations. This difference indicates, among other things, that in the Czech Republic the declared right-wing political orientations so far acted as barrier to voting for left-wing political parties, for which people would likely vote if they voted according to their value-based left-wing orientations.


politics (and political attitudes)
elections (and polls)