Party Leaders in Romania: Designated Successors or Tactical Players?

  • Clara Volintiru
  • Sergiu Gherghina
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Political Psychology book series (PSPP)


This chapter focuses on two leaders belonging to influential parties in Romanian politics: Emil Boc (PDL) and Victor Ponta (PSD). We aimed to include those leaders that would allow an analysis of the relationship between their personality and behavior, and the general evolution of the party. Our analysis, consistent with the general goal of this book, seeks to test the leadership’s impact on party organization in terms of electoral performance, intra-party cohesion and membership. Both party leaders were also prime ministers in turbulent times, which makes the comparison even more interesting.


Protégé Gradual ascension Confidence Awareness Party membership 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clara Volintiru
    • 1
  • Sergiu Gherghina
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of International Business and EconomicsBucharest University of Economic StudiesBucharestRomania
  2. 2.Department of PoliticsUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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