Slovenia - Political parties

Party descriptions and CMP left-right scores
Party Type 92 96 00 04 08 Average
SDS Christian Democrat -12 -4.9 -11.1 -1.9 -6.5 -7.3
SD Social Democratic -11 -16.8 -5.6 -11.5 -11.2
DeSUS Special Issue -23.1 2.1 -20.7 -13.2 -13.7
NSi Christian Democratic 8.6 -4.1 -6.1 -0.5
SNS Nationalist -2 6.2 5.3 16.2 12.2 7.6
LDS Liberal 64.7 -12.7 8.1 -13.9 5.3 10.3

The table shows the periodical scores on left-right position as given in the Comparative Manifesto Project (Volkens, Andrea,, 2010). The scores range from -100 (left) to +100 (right).

Type: Tentative grouping of political parties and alliances based on information provided in the Comparative Manifesto Project and from party descriptions in Europa World Yearbook, Encyclopædia Britannica and in election reports from the European Journal of Political Research and/or Electoral Studies.

LZJ-PS - Zoran Jankovic´s List – Positive Slovenia - (Lista Zorana Jankovica – Pozitivna Slovenija)

Founded in October 2011 by former mayor of Ljubljana, Zoran Janković. Renamed PS (Positive Slovenia/Pozitivna Slovenija in January 2012

SDS - Slovenian Democratic Party - (Slovenska Demokratska Stranka)

Conservative, centre-right party, formerly known as the Social Democratic Party of Slovenia (Socialdemokratska stranka Slovenije - SDSS).

SD - Social Democrats - (Socialni Demokrati)

Foremerly known as United List of Social Democrats (ZLSD). Formed in 1992 as a coalition including Party of Democratic Reform (SDP), the Social Democratic Union (SDZS) and the Democratic Party of Retired Persons of Slovenia (DeSUS). The latter party withdrew from the coalition prior to the 1996 election to run independently. The party changed its name to Social Democrats (SD) in 2005. It won the 2008 parliamentary election after a period of massive gain in supports and new prominent party mebers.

LGV - Gregor Virant's Civic List - (Državljanska lista Gregorja Viranta)

Founded in 2011 by Gregor Virant, a former minister in the SDS-led government in 2004-2008.

DeSUS - Democratic Party of Retired Persons of Slovenia - (Demokraticna Stranka Upokojencev Slovenij)

Pensioners party also known as Grey Phanters. While contesting the 1992 election within the ZLSD coalition, the party has since then participated in national parliamentary elections on an independent basis. However, in the 2004 EP election, it ran together with the LDS.

SLS - Slovenian People's Party - (Slovenska Ljudska Stranka)

Launched in 1988 as the non-political Slovenian Peasant League and based on a pre-war organization of the same name. Renamed Slovenian People's Party (SLS) in 1991. SLS belongs to the centre-right political block. In 2000, it merged with the SKD.

NSi - New Slovenia - Christian People's Party - (Nova Slovenija - Krščanska Ljudska Stranka)

Centre-right political party founded in August 2000 by Andrej Bajuk who served as prime minister from May to November in 2000.

SNS - Slovene National Party - (Slovenska Nacionalna Stranka)

Nationalist party against immigration from other former Yugoslav republics.

LDS - Liberal Democracy of Slovenia - (Liberalna Demokracija Slovenije)

Emerged from the former Organization of the Socialist Youth of Slovenia - the communist youth organization. In 1990, it was reorganized as the Liberal Democratic Party and gained its current name in 1994 after absorbing factions of three other parties: the Greens of Slovenia; the Socialist Party of Slovenia; and the Democratic Party of Slovenia. The party belongs to the centre-left block in Slovenian politics. LDS was the ruling party for 12 years (1992-2004).


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