Non-partisanship in gradual retreat. An analysis of the prevalence of non-partisanship in local elections in Poland 2002–2010  Cover Image
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Bezpartyjność w powolnym odwrocie. Analiza rozpowszechnienia bezpartyjności w wyborach lokalnych w Polsce w latach 2002–2010
Non-partisanship in gradual retreat. An analysis of the prevalence of non-partisanship in local elections in Poland 2002–2010

Author(s): Adam Gendźwiłł, Tomasz Żółtak
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: EUROREG - Uniwersytet Warszawski, Regional Studies Association - Sekcja Polska
Keywords: local politics; local elections; non-partisanship; political parties

Summary/Abstract: The subject of the paper is the participation of non-partisan candidates in local elections in Poland after 2002. The analysis of the prevalence of non-partisanship provides information on the political parties’ performance at the local level. The paper presents analyses of electoral data from the local elections held in 2002, 2006, and 2010. We have used various indicators of non-partisanship which demonstrate the performance of non-partisans in municipalities of different size, the domination of non-partisan mayors over other candidates, the strength of their clubs in councils, and the disproportions of political support between them and their committees. The results of the research show that although the share of non-partisans in local authorities is still very high, it has been gradually decreasing since 2002.

  • Issue Year: 13/2012
  • Issue No: 47
  • Page Range: 102-121
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Polish