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The Rise of Extreme Right: Evidence from the Slovak Parliamentary Election

Author: Bc. Michal Kotrč
Year: 2017 - summer
Leaders: PhDr. Lenka Šťastná Ph.D.
Consultants:
Work type: Bachelors
Language: English
Pages: 64
Awards and prizes: B.A. with distinction from the Director of IES FSV UK for an extraordinarily good bachelors diploma thesis.
Link: https://is.cuni.cz/webapps/zzp/detail/185506/
Abstract: What explains the late election success of extreme right in Slovakia? Although
there are many studies on Western European extreme right parties,
less attention is devoted to their Central European cousins. From a methodological
perspective, even fewer studies consider spatial effects in their
models. This thesis aims to explain electoral support for the extreme right
Kotleba – People’s Party Our Slovakia political party (Kotleba-L’SNS) in
the 2016 parliamentary election using a broad range of socio-demographic,
economic and cultural variables on the municipal level. In the first stage, we
use ordinary least squares regression as our baseline model. As this model
suffers from spatial error correlation, we use a spatial error model in the
second stage. We managed to create a variable which removed Roma people
from the group of unemployed and thus we disentangled the effect of Roma
people and unemployment on the electoral support for the Kotleba-L’SNS
party. In this way, we found a significant positive effect of share of unemployed
people on the electoral support for the extreme right-wing party.
Other estimates indicate a significant positive effect of share of the young
people and share of people with a lower level of education on support for
the Kotleba – People’s Party Our Slovakia. On the contrary, support for
the Kotleba-L’SNS party decreases with increasing share of old people and
increasing share of Hungarian people in the municipalities.
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