Compared to their West European cousins, post-communist Christian Democratic parties are notable for their lack of success. Even in the most religious of post-communist democracies, no Christian Democratic (CD) party has claimed a plurality of the electorate. Nonetheless, there is a considerable range in electoral support from 1990-2010, from a low of .7% in Estonia to as high as 18.4% in Slovakia. The most successful CD parties have arisen in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Lithuania. The reasons for this success lie not in popular religiosity, state-church conflict, or alliances between CD parties and churches. Instead, where parties can point to an interwar history of nation- and state- building, they receive an initial electoral boost from this historical legacy. Yet even these favorable historical reputations have transitory effects: by the second or third elections, the impact of interwar support had rapidly faded.

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  • Nida Gelazis

    Former Senior Associate
  • Anna Grzymala-Busse

    Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professor of European and Eurasian Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan