The Formation of Electoral Alliances in the Republic of Armenia
A Case Study of the 2017 Parliamentary Elections
Keywords:electoral alliances, electoral rule and threshold, experience of cooperation, ideology, parliamentary elections, parties, party platforms, Republic of Armenia
This article examines how electoral alliances were formed in the 2017 parliamentary elections in the Republic of Armenia. It hypothesizes that alliances were formed among parties that are ideologically compatible and could not individually overcome the electoral threshold. Contrary to the established theory in the field, the data collected and analyzed from February to May 2018 reveal that ideological and programmatic similarities were not the primary factor that influenced the party leaders’ decision to cooperate with others. Instead, parties converged because of the short-term objectives of overcoming the electoral threshold and gaining more seats in the parliament.
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