Dynastic politics: family ties in the Greek Parliament, 2000-2012

Stratos Patrikios, Michalis Chatzikonstantinou

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Fluctuations in the presence of dynastic politicians in national legislatures are seen as an important indicator of political modernisation. Drawing on original biographical data of Greek Members of Parliament (MPs) from the six most recent parliamentary terms we document the existence of a substantial and relatively stable pool of dynastic MPs. Their numbers only appear to shrink, albeit not too dramatically, in the 2012 elections, which also marked the collapse of the traditional party system. Findings highlight patterns of stability that have remained unnoticed under more visible shifts in party competition during the economic crisis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-111
Number of pages19
JournalSouth European Society and Politics
Issue number1
Early online date1 Aug 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Greece
  • Members of Parliament
  • elections
  • elites
  • political families
  • crisis
  • Greek parliament
  • MPs
  • dynastic politicians

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