Party Leaders in Eastern Europe

Personality, Behavior and Consequences

  • Sergiu Gherghina

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Political Psychology book series (PSPP)

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About this book


This book explores the relationship between the personality of political leaders, its interaction with top leadership positions and its impact on the respective parties' electoral performance and organization. It focuses on the less-investigated region of Eastern Europe and includes chapters on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia. Each chapter compares and contrasts two party leaders with at least two terms in office between 1991 and 2019. The book applies systematically a common theoretical and methodological framework across leaders and countries, thus providing rich empirical evidence.

Sergiu Gherghina is Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the Department of Politics, University of Glasgow, UK. His research interests lie in party politics, legislative and voting behavior, democratization, and the use of direct democracy.


Eastern European party leaders political leaders personality traits of party leaders behavior of party leaders electoral performance political leadership party leadership collective identity personalization electoral performance professionalization integrity legitimacy political marketing political communication low integrity populism organizational transformation party membership presidentialization

Editors and affiliations

  • Sergiu Gherghina
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PoliticsUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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