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The 2001 Parliamentary Elections - Forecasts and Results
 

 

On July 5, 2001 the Center for the Study of Democracy along with the Bulgarian Association of Sociologists jointly organized a seminar entitled "Parliamentary Elections 2001 - Forecasts and Results". The seminar discussions analyzed and interpreted the outcome of 2001 Parliamentary elections and outlined both the major dimensions of the post election situation and strategies for the future development of Bulgaria.

The main actors in the sociological community in Bulgaria participated the seminar. Among these participants were academics from "St. Climent of Ohrid" Sofia University, the University of National and World Economy, "Paisii Hilendarski" Plovdiv University, "Neofit Rilski" Blagoevgrad University. Representatives from research institutes (the Institute of Sociology, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) and research agencies (Vitosha Research, BBSS Gallup, MBMD Ltd., Sova-Harris, Alpha Research, Mediana, ASSA-M Ltd., Gfk Bulgaria, NPOC) also participated in the seminar.

Prof. Atanas Atanasov of the Institute of Sociology to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, opened the first session with a report on "Parliamentary Elections 2001: Results and Forecasts". This report emphasized the strengths and limitations of the sociological instruments used to study the pre-election situation and presented comparative analyses of the forecast results of different research agencies. Mr. Kancho Stoychev of Gallup-Bulgaria described the socio-demographic structure of the electorate represented by the political parties in the Bulgarian Parliament. Prof. Georgi Dimitrov from Sofia University in his report entitled "The 2001 parliamentary election results and possible scripts for the development of the country" detailed the structural societal logic of the last political event and offered several scenarios for the future development of Bulgaria. The second session focused on the particular dimensions of the post-electoral situation and the options and risks facing the Bulgarian society. Prof. H. Fotev, A. Raychev, D. Deyanov, N. Tilkidzhiev, D.Dimitrov, M. Yanova, A. Todorov, P. Kabakchieva, T. Tomov, and A. Galabov made statements. Seminar participants formulated the following conclusion, despite substantial differences in opinions, concerning the current and long-term social processes: after Parliamentary Elections 2001 the Bulgarian society faces a new political situation characterized by a high level of openness to the future.

 

 

 
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