A Strategic Defeat of Populism in Greece

9 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2019

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Emmanouil Mavrozacharakis

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

Date Written: July 20, 2019


The recent elections in Greece reflects an enormous change in the political behavior of the electorate. The citizens have not chosen a simple switch on the power, but contributed with their votes to a strategic defeat of populism and in same time they paved the way for the search of a new type of leadership, which is close to realism in handling with social problems that can't be implemented with calculated financial costs. The vote of 7 th Juli is a vote against the over-promising and under-delivery experienced under Syriza’s rule. The voting for conservative ND is not an ideological choice. It's a choice that runs counter to the logic of falsely or hypocritical negotiating austerity measures opposed to Greece buy his Lenders (memorandum) and the consequent tax-tornado as a result of negotiating failure with the partners in the EEC and the IMF. The positive vote for ND also reflects the contradiction with the misguided manipulations of public opinion regarding the Skopje-Question and finally the strategy of micro concessions and micro- allowances as a means of concluding a “political-social alliance” with an undefined hostile establishment.

Keywords: Elections in Greece, Populism, Syriza, Nea Dimokratia

Suggested Citation

Mavrozacharakis, Emmanouil, A Strategic Defeat of Populism in Greece (July 20, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3423322 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3423322

Emmanouil Mavrozacharakis (Contact Author)

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


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