Regionální rozdíly ve volebních výsledcích v České republice - parlamentní volby 1996-2006
Tomáš Kostelecký (tomas.kostelecky@soccascz)
The article deals with voting patterns of major political parties in the parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic between 1996 and 2006. First, it provides an overview of existing scientific literature dealing with problem of spatial variability of voting results in the Czech Republic after 1989. Then it analyses spatial variability of electoral results and time-spice stability of voting patterns of major Czech political parties. The analyses prove that major Czech political parties have quite stable voting patterns. In the Czech context, the most of spatial variation in electoral preferences can be attributed to structural differences among districts. Key underlying factors explaining spatial variation of party electoral results are of socio-economic nature. Population in the prosperous districts tends to vote for the right-oriented parties while population in the districts with economic problems tends to support the left-oriented parties.