Leonid Grigoriev in the section «Crisis and Elections» shows by the example of completely different countries of the USA and Latvia how the crisis changes the balance of power at the elections. Subjectively, people need to find the reasons for their difficulties — politicians turn out to be responsible. Against a negative internal and external background, the Democrats suffered heavy losses in the November 2 elections after a brilliant victory in 2008. In Latvia, the government party, which carried out very tough measures to squeeze government spending, managed to hold out with 33 votes in the Diet (out of 100). But the results of the Concord Center are very revealing.
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