Continuities and changes in left-right orientations in new democracies: The cases of Croatia and Slovenia

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The left-right schema has long been used in analyzing political cleavages in established democracies. This study applies the schema in a post-communist context by examining the structuring of political attitudes in Slovenia and Croatia. Findings from six public opinion surveys in each country during the 1990s demonstrate that left-right orientations in both countries are consistently influenced by religious beliefs, while an additional dimension focusing on democratization is found in Croatia. Economic issues did not constitute a significant axis of political competition. Changes and continuities in party locations and the basis of vote choice according to party supporters' left-right placements are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-113
Number of pages17
JournalCommunist and Post-Communist Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Mar
Externally publishedYes



  • Croatia
  • Left-right schema
  • Political cleavages
  • Slovenia
  • Vote choice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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