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Пиратские партии: мировые тенденции развития

The article analyzes several development trends of pirate parties in crossnationalperspective. The author studies dynamics of pirates’ political program and conducts a correlation analysis of factors that determine the degree of institutionalization of their organizations. According to Yu.Kabanov’s conclusion,

in most cases pirate parties lack sufficient resources and often a desire

to actively participate in the established party system. Neither popularity of

their ideas nor their electoral results enjoy stability. However, one can already

spot some potential growing points of pirate parties, especially in Europe. According

to the author’s forecast, transformations of the pirate movement will

continue to take place and will become decisive for its future development.

The latter will largely hinge upon the final choice of pirate parties: whether to

retain their radical, anti-elite positions or move toward the median voter and

common policy.