Modelling Elections in Post-Communist Regimes: Voter Perceptions, Political Leaders and Activists

  • Norman SchofieldEmail author
  • JeeSeon Jeon
  • Marina Muskhelishvili
  • Ugur Ozdemir
  • Margit Tavits


Recent work has argued that institutional characteristics of political systems, such as presidentialism vs. parliamentarianism, or majoritarianism vs. proportionality, will have significant effects on the stability of government and the nature of redistributive politics.


Nash Equilibrium Presidential Election Electoral System Vote Share Vote Choice 
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This paper is based on work supported by NSF grant 0715929 and a Weidenbaum Center grant to Schofield. An earlier version on Polish elections was presented at the Conference on Democratic Institutions, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 2009. A later version was completed while Schofield was the Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford, 2010. Muskhelishvili expresses her gratitude for a Fulbright Fellowship at Washington University in the 2009–2010 academic year. The authors thank Merab Pachulia, Director of GORBI, Tbilisi, Georgia for making the survey data for the 2008 election in Georgia available, and thank Rauf Garagozov, Leading Research Fellow, International Center for Social Research, Institute of Strategic Studies of the Caucasus, Baku, Azerbaijan. He and his colleagues, Tair Faradov and Rajab Sattarov, of the International Center for Social Research (ICSR) carried out the survey in Aizerbaijan. We thank Maria Gallego for help in preparing this survey.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman Schofield
    • 1
    Email author
  • JeeSeon Jeon
    • 1
  • Marina Muskhelishvili
    • 2
  • Ugur Ozdemir
    • 1
  • Margit Tavits
    • 1
  1. 1.Center in Political EconomyWashington University in Saint LouisSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Center for Strategic StudiesTbilisiGeorgia

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