During the first decade of transition, the model which best described Romanian politics was the one with a single dominating party (namely, the Social Democrats, the post-communists).
This was in many ways a detrimental arrangement, as it lead to the capturing of the state by a predatory elite and to a slowed-down transition, with high social costs. In 2003, SAR launched a strong advocacy effort to persuade the main center-right Romanian parties to form as close an alliance as possible – and, if possible, eventually merge – in order to provide the necessary balance in Romanian politics. Our argument was that political imbalance led to low political competitiveness, which in turn generated poor governance and corruption. The two main center-right parties did indeed embrace this idea in 2004 and formed the DA Alliance that won the 2004 elections.