Representation and austerity politics: attitudes of Greek voters and elites compared

Georgios Karyotis, Wolfgang Rüdig, David Judge

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Abstract

Drawing on surveys of voters and MPs in Greece, this article analyses elite–mass interaction on key policy (austerity, European integration, immigration) and ideological issues after the 2012 elections. We find that while for the government parties, New Democracy and PASOK, the level of congruence is quite high, MPs from opposition parties (SYRIZA, Golden Dawn) place themselves in more exposed positions in comparison with their voters. The observed substantial variation in the intensity and direction of congruence, across parties and issue preferences in Greece, reinforces the view that the dimensionality of political contestation is not reducible to a single ideological dimension.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-456
Number of pages21
JournalSouth European Society and Politics
Volume19
Issue number4
Early online date24 Nov 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2014

Keywords

  • congruence
  • Greece
  • austerity
  • representation
  • economic crisis

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