On 5 June, 2011, Macedonia held its 7th parliamentary election since the post-communist transition began in 1990. The ruling conservative party, the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization-Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity, scored another victory. Political conflicts in Macedonia has eclipsed tension within the Albanian community, which represents a reversal of long-standing patterns of electoral politics in the country.
Robert Hislope (Ph.D., Ohio State, 1995) teaches comparative politics at Union College (Schenectady, New York). His research interests and publications focus on the topics of comparative ethnic and racial politics, corruption and organized crime, and post-communist Macedonia. He is currently writing an introductory text on comparative politics for Cambridge University Press.