The lecture was divided into two parts: one empirical and one theoretical. International elections observor Vitaly Kovin gave a presentation about the local general elections which were held in the Republic of Moldova on June 14, 2015. Aleksei Gilev presented an analytical overview of electoral behavior in Moldova, interpreting in through the prism of electoral behavior in patrimonial regimes. The lecture was chaired by Konstantin Sulimov.
Local general elections were held in the Republic of Moldova in June 2015 to elect 898 mayors, 1,116 district councilors and 10,564 village/communes/city councilors. According to Vitaly Kovin, the entire elections were accompanied by an intense struggle. As the national parliamentary elections were held less than a year ago, in November 2014, there was the expectation to make a transition towards a well-organized parliamentary and law-making process after forming all levels of government. However, few months after that, protests had started in Kishinev. The participants of the lecture discussed the causes of the mass protests, sought to identify the relationship between the progress and results of the elections, linking them with H. Kitschelt’s theory of social cleavages in Post-Communist Democracies and with H. Hale’s concept of patronal politics.