The 2015 Portuguese legislative election : widening the coalitional space and bringing the extreme left in
Title: The 2015 Portuguese legislative election : widening the coalitional space and bringing the extreme left in
Publisher: Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Citation: South European society and politics, 2016, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 451-468
ISSN: 1360-8746; 1743-9612
This article provides an overview of the Portuguese legislative election held on 4 October 2015 by exploring the economic and political context in which the election took place, the opinion polls, party positions and campaign issues, the results and, finally, the process that led to the formation of the first Socialist minority government supported by far-left parties. Due to this outcome, despite the relative majority of the votes obtained by the incumbent centre-right coalition, we argue that this election result cannot be interpreted as a victory of austerity, but rather as the first step towards contract parliamentarism in Portugal.
Subject: Portugal; Antonio Costa; BE; PCP; PS; Party System; European Election; General-Election; Crisis; Austerity; Greece
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