Volume 13, number 2 of the Romanian Journal of Political Science (PolSci)

Pol Sci-winter 2013PolSci Volume 13, number 2 (winter 2013) comprises articles which touch upon themes such as political parties’ electoral success and voters’ behaviour, normative power and regional security in East Asia and the endurance of informal practices within a transitional bureaucracy. The first is an empirical analysis (case study Bosnia and Herzegovina) of the question whether nationalism and ethnicity continue to influence elections in consociational political frameworks. The second focuses on post-communist party systems and the ability of new parties to maintain their long-term presence in the Parliament (case study Slovenia). The third article presents the results of an empirical study on the manner in which personality influences individual voting behaviour. This issue also features an analysis of the concept of normative power, but applied to the case of Japan and the latter’s strategy in enhancing its presence at the international level. Another topic tackled through an empirical research is the prevalence of informal practices, such as protectionism and nepotism, in post-Soviet Georgian public institutions. Lastly, this issue of PolSci presents a book review of Pippa Norris’s latest publication entitled “Making democratic governance work: how regimes shape prosperity, welfare, and peace”.

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