Volebné správanie vo voľbách do Európskeho parlamentu: Platí koncept druhoradých volieb v nových členský štátoch EÚ?


Electoral Behavior In The European Parliamentary Elections: Is The Concept Of Second Order Elections Valid In The New Member States Of EU


Alexander Karvai (karvai1@st_fphil_uniba_sk

Peter Plenta (peter.plenta@gmail_com)


The elections to the European Parliament are frequently labeled as second order after the parliamentary elections. The concept of second order elections is regarded as valid in the old member state of the European Union. The authors are testing this concept in the case of four new member states after the last elections to the European Parlia- ment in 2009—Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia. Four indicators have been tested in every case—electoral turnout, the results of the biggest government party, the proportion of results of the parties of the government and the opposition in the national and European elections, and the success of new, non-parliamentary, and radi- cal parties. The results of this analysis are indicating several contradictions with the original presumption of the concept of second order elections.



European Parliamentary elections, second order elections, turnout