With several old parties joined in new constellations, the Latvian party landscape may have turned its back on party fragmentation. The Latvian autumn sky is however clouded by low turnout, the lingering issue of corruption, and, in the shadow of the economic crisis, reports about possible vote-buying.
Emelie Lilliefeldt is a PhD candidate at Stockholm University and in the Baltic and East European Graduate School, Södertörn University. Her research covers party organization and party behavior in Europe. In her PhD research, she studies the conditions under which equal proportions of women and men are elected to represent particular political parties. She has a particular interest in Latvian party politics.