Continuity and Change in Greek Politics in an Age of Austerity

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Prodromidou Alexandra
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Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
This chapter discusses the impact of austerity policies on Greek politics and attempts to identify patterns of continuity and change in the post-1974 era. The first part maps the evolution of politics in Greece, with a focus on the development of the clientelistic state, which shaped state policies largely based on political cost. The second part discusses the changes occurring post-2010, including the decline of the socialist PASOK in favour of the rise of fringe populist parties. It is argued that the political and social turmoil created by the austerity measures adopted have been conditioned by the already existing particular brand of populist and clientelistic governance, which stood at the core of the country’s party political system at least since the 1980s.
Prodromidou, A. (2018). Continuity and Change in Greek Politics in an Age of Austerity. In: Parker, O., Tsarouhas, D. (eds) Crisis in the Eurozone Periphery. Building a Sustainable Political Economy: SPERI Research & Policy. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.