Latvia’s political unions

  • 2010-11-11
  • By Veiko Spolitis
Political unions are inherently unstable because they are usually founded prior to elections in order to use catch-all principles and gain as large a support of the electorate as possible, regardless of their ideological convictions. Whenever traditional authorities play the central role, agreements among miniscule political elites rather than ideological stance plays the raison d’etre for unions to hold together. Even after a sixty percent change of the parliamentary membership after the last parliamentary elections, the Latvian situation is specific because traditional authoritie...
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