Bulgarian democracy in transition: a first glance to the political parties’ system

Since joining the EU in 2007, Bulgaria has taken an unexpected road heading for autocracy. This contribution explores the significant support provided by the European Courts of Human Rights towards the democratization process, development of the rule of law and consolidation of pluralism in the Republic of Bulgaria, having regard to the political parties’ system. More specifically, the paper analyses the techniques and the steps undertaken as well as the role of political association in the implementation of the right to vote, discussing its trend in the organizational development of Bulgarian legal system. The article compares indicators of parties’ organization and the effectiveness on exercise of voting right to data on East-Central Europe and explains the level of socio-political participation in a country characterized by the perception of widespread corruption and a general distrust of politicians.