Measuring portfolio salience in Eastern European parliamentary democracies

James N. Druckman*, Andrew Roberts

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article presents the results of an expert survey of 14 Eastern European countries on the subject of portfolio salience. Respondents provided ratings of the relative value of all ministerial portfolios in these countries over the years 1990-2002. The ratings are unique in the study of Eastern Europe and appear to possess the characteristics of comprehensiveness and reliability. Comparing the results with a similar survey of Western Europe indicates that individual portfolios are rated nearly identically in both regions. Some significant differences, however, emerge when we look separately at more advanced and less advanced Eastern European countries. Various suggestions are made for how scholars can use these new data in future work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-134
Number of pages34
JournalEuropean Journal of Political Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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