Which Parties Count? - The Effective Number of Parties in the Albanian Party System

  • Anjeza Xhaferaj

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to explore and understand the Albanian Party System. The analysis will cover the period from the collapse of the communist regime in 1991 until 2014. It will try to investigate what forces drive the battle of the parties, what cleavages 'divide' society and consequently the party system as well as which are the parties that count the most. in order to assess this, the paper will focus on the parliamentary parties and will relay on various theoretical concepts of the contemporary literature on political parties. First it will draw on Sartori's concept of 'relevance' in order to understand whether all the parliamentary parties over the course of twenty four years of pluralism are important or not and what weight do they have. Then it will use the Laakso - Taagepera index of the Effective Number of Parties to understand how power is distributed within the parliament.
Published
Dec 30, 2014
How to Cite
XHAFERAJ, Anjeza. Which Parties Count? - The Effective Number of Parties in the Albanian Party System. European Journal of Social Science Education and Research, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 2, p. 123-130, dec. 2014. ISSN 2312-8429. Available at: <http://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejser/article/view/702>. Date accessed: 21 nov. 2019. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.26417/ejser.v2i1.p123-130.