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Democracy and politics: Romanian mechanisms, realities and electoral developments


  • Matei, Lucica


This paper approaches the relations and connections between democracy and politics, from the perspective of the Romanian electoral mechanisms and processes. Essentially, it concerns the manner how the electoral life has determined irreversible processes in Romania after 1989. As country aspiring and acquiring the values of the European democracy, Romania had a similar evolution related to other Central and Eastern European countries. In this context, the analysis emphasises various stages, well shaped, overlapping the electoral cycles. The most debated themes refer to Romanian political arena, as well as the political developments in the last decade and a half. The aspects concerning electoral cyclic feature, alternation to governance and accessibility to legislative power, political stability/instability dominate the first part of the analysis. The second part analyses quantitatively and qualitatively the results of presidential, parliamentary and local elections, revealing the most important changes and transformations of the Romanian political spectrum. The electoral management and its legislative base represent also important issues

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  • Matei, Lucica, 2007. "Democracy and politics: Romanian mechanisms, realities and electoral developments," MPRA Paper 22440, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 12 Apr 2010.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:22440

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    1. Filipe R. Campante & Davin Chor & Quoc-Anh Do, 2009. "Instability And The Incentives For Corruption," Economics and Politics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 21(1), pages 42-92, March.
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    Electoral Mechanisms; Parliamentary Accessibility; Systemic Permeability; Corruption And Public Integrity;

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    • D73 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
    • D78 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation


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