Political game-changers: the importance of leaders for newly emerged parties in Romania

Gherghina, S. and Grad, M. (2021) Political game-changers: the importance of leaders for newly emerged parties in Romania. Slavic Review, 80(3), pp. 608-628. (doi: 10.1017/slr.2021.146)

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Party leaders continue to be crucial players in politics. The theories of personalization and presidentialization of party politics reflect the centrality of leaders’ roles. Little attention has been paid to the effects of leaders on the formation and development of newly emerged parties. This article aims to fill that gap by analyzing the effect of leaders on the formation, intra-party cohesion, and membership organization of three newly emerged Romanian parties between 2015 and 2019. The qualitative analysis uses content from primary (party documents and elite discourses) and secondary sources (media reports). The findings indicate that the leaders’ approaches towards party formation and organization differ substantially across the examined parties and explain their cohesion and electoral appeal.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Gherghina, S., and Grad, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Slavic Review
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):2325-7784
Published Online:13 December 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © The Author(s) 2021
First Published:First published in Slavic Review 80(3): 608-628
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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