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This study acknowledges Kitschelt's inspiration by understanding party linkage as a mechanism closely pertaining to the relationships of accountability and responsiveness between political parties and voters. Three key linkages – programmatic, charismatic and clientelistic – are scrutinized. The authors identify the "link-age profiles" of relevant political parties in the history of Slovak party competition and use the results of an experts' survey (from the DALP project) as a (limited) test ofdoi:10.2478/pce-2021-0012 fatcat:jr2lnxr2avfgdm4epaleqprs7m