Recall Practices in Central and Eastern Europe: From Citizen Accountability to Partisan Account Settling

  • Sergiu Mișcoiu


As theoretically conceived by law-makers, local recall referendums were supposed to offer citizens a chance to withdraw the mandates of those mayors who abuse their confidence by perpetrating illegal and/or strikingly illegitimate actions during their term in office. However, the limited practice of post-communist Eastern European countries suggests that recall referendums turned into a mere instrument for settling the accounts that other political actors had with certain mayors. This chapter explores this specificity of the recall referendums by highlighting evidence from several such procedures that took place in the region and by exploring in more detail the 2017 recall referendum in Chisinau, Moldova.


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  • Sergiu Mișcoiu
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  1. 1.Department of International Relations and German StudiesBabeş-Bolyai UniversityCluj-NapocaRomania

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