About Political Change in Greece

13 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2016

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Emmanouil Mavrozacharakis

University of Crete - Centre for Human Rights (KEADIK), Students

Stylianos Tzagkarakis

University of Crete - Centre for Human Rights (KEADIK)

Date Written: June 23, 2016


There have been almost 40 years after the restoration of democracy in Greece and a peculiar prosperity, which was consciously cultivated by the leaders of political and economic elites, was promoted before the onset of the financial crisis. However, from the beginning of the financial recession, the temporal illusions have been revealed and the need of a complete transformation of the financial policies has been expressed, while a significant transformation of the entire political culture has started. Parties such as SYRIZA, Independent Greeks (ANEL) and Golden Dawn took advantage of the growing social discontent by propagating their selves as exponents of ordinary people and of their concerns or their fears, as the expression of resistance against an avoidable sellout of public values. However, crisis has exposed a number of successive truths which were elaborately hiding in the underbelly of the detaining political and socioeconomic system. These truths were exteriorized once it became clear that the foundations on which the Greek society was based after the restoration of democracy, were weak and insufficient to guide the country’s way towards a modern future.

Keywords: Political Change in Greece, Clientelism, Populism, Patronage, Crisis, Syriza

JEL Classification: D73, D74

Suggested Citation

Mavrozacharakis, Emmanouil and Tzagkarakis, Stylianos, About Political Change in Greece (June 23, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2799555 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2799555

Emmanouil Mavrozacharakis (Contact Author)

University of Crete - Centre for Human Rights (KEADIK), Students ( email )


Stylianos Tzagkarakis

University of Crete - Centre for Human Rights (KEADIK) ( email )


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