Election Pledges in the Czech Republic (2010–2013)

No.3(2015)

Abstract
The theory of democracy states that political parties attract voters through election programs which they intend to implement upon election. This article examines the programme-to-policy fulfilment of election pledges in the Czech Republic in 2010–2013. It explores the factors that should influence the fulfilment of pledges. The article concludes that Czech political parties try to fulfil their election pledges, although the rate of fulfilment is not high because of the way the party system is structured. In addition, five factors influencing outcomes are tested. Consensus among parties, inclusion of the pledge in the Programmatic Declaration of the Government and whether pledges maintain the status quo influence the probability of pledge fulfilment. On the other hand, there appears to be no relation between pledge fulfilment and participation by a party in the government or its control of a ministry.

Keywords:
mandate theory; election pledges; representation; mandate responsiveness; programme-to- policy linkage
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