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Three Technocratic Cabinets in the Czech Republic: A Symptom of Party Failure?

Published Online: 17 Oct 2016
Volume & Issue: Volume 12 (2016) - Issue 2 (December 2016)
Page range: 7 - 28
Journal Details
First Published
16 Apr 2015
Publication timeframe
2 times per year

This article compares three technocratic cabinets that were appointed in the Czech Republic. Its aim is to determine to what extent the cabinets can be understood as a failure of political parties. The article outlines the concept of party failure. It argues that patterns of party failure can be found in all cases. However, in the last case—the technocratic cabinet of Jiří Rusnok—party failure was only partial and indirect; its technocratic cabinet cannot be interpreted as resulting from an inability of the parties to form a partisan cabinet, but rather it resulted from the president’s imposition of a technocratic cabinet. This imposition took place against the will of the parliamentary parties that sought to form a cabinet composed of party politicians immediately or following early elections.


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