Patricia Calca

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    The fall of Portugal’s government has rewritten the country’s political rules

The fall of Portugal’s government has rewritten the country’s political rules

After the fall of Portugal’s government, led by Pedro Passos Coelho, several commentators have suggested the country could make a clean break from austerity under a new left-wing administration fronted by António Costa. Patrícia Calca writes that while the exact makeup of the new government remains to be seen, it is unlikely Portugal will pursue a radically different economic […]

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    Despite the crisis, Portugal’s 2015 election will be a straight contest between the country’s two mainstream parties

Despite the crisis, Portugal’s 2015 election will be a straight contest between the country’s two mainstream parties

Portugal will hold legislative elections later this year. Patrícia Calca writes on the lead up to the vote, noting that in contrast to countries like Greece and Spain, the Portuguese party system has remained relatively stable since the financial crisis. While there has been no emergence of anti-austerity parties like Syriza and Podemos, however, the election will nevertheless be […]

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Citizens in the most corrupt areas of Portugal are more likely to vote in elections

Corruption is a persistent problem in several countries across Europe. Daniel Stockemer and Patricia Calca write that corruption can have two distinct effects: it can either result in citizen disengagement from the political process, or it can lead to increased voter participation as a mechanism for punishing political authorities at the ballot box. Using an analysis of local level data […]

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