№ 3, 2000
Having analyzed the tendencies of the party system evolution in Lithuania the author concludes that its major direction has become widening of the field of moderate inter-party relationships. At the same time, the author shows that, although, the main feature of the Lithuanian party system’s underdevelopment, - the polarization has been eliminated, though the high level of its fragmentation still exists. Till 2000, the fragmentation of political forces hardly influenced the Parliament and mostly affected the electorate of emerging parties. The newly formed parties took away the votes of the electorate but a rather high 5% barrier did not allow such parties to get seats at the Seimas. However, due to canceling of the second round of the elections in one mandate constituencies the effect of the 5% was neutralized. The fragmentation moved to the Parliament broadening the range of parties on the left-right scale.
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