Political Participation and Party Preferences Among War Veterans in Croatia

Original scientific paper
https://doi.org/10.20901/pm.55.3.03

Dragan Bagić ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb
Kruno Kardov ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb

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Abstracts
The paper examines distinctiveness of war veterans compared to general population in Croatia according to three important political phenomena: political participation, party preferences and ideological self-identification. Analysis of sociological survey conducted in 2015 shows that there is no difference in the level of political participation measured by voting turnout in 2011 and 2015 parliamentary and 2015 presidential level between Croatian war veterans and the rest of the public. On the other side, war veterans differ from the rest of the electorate, with other variables held constant, in terms of party preferences and ideological self-identification. Compared to non-veterans, war veterans are more inclined to vote for the right and center-right parties and position themselves to the right side of the political spectrum. The paper discusses these differences, as well as its roots and consequences.

Keywords
Elections; Political Participation; Political Behaviour; Party Preferences; Croatian War Veterans

Hrčak ID: 206603

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/206603