Nostalgic Voting? Explaining the Electoral Support for the Political Left in Post-Soviet Moldova

@article{Marandici2021NostalgicVE,
  title={Nostalgic Voting? Explaining the Electoral Support for the Political Left in Post-Soviet Moldova},
  author={Ion Marandici},
  journal={Eurasian Geography and Economics},
  year={2021},
  volume={63},
  pages={514 - 542}
}
  • Ion Marandici
  • Published 21 April 2021
  • Sociology
  • Eurasian Geography and Economics
ABSTRACT How does political nostalgia influence voting? Although nostalgic voters have been often mentioned as central to the rise of populism in the West, scholars have rarely shown empirically how nostalgia influences electoral choice. In this paper, I use survey data from 2009 and 2016 to investigate the extent and electoral impact of Soviet nostalgia in the context of democratizing Moldova. First, the paper reveals and explains why political nostalgia is distributed unevenly across Moldova… 

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