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

Georgios Karyotis, Wolfgang Rudig, David Judge

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Abstract

Drawing on surveys of voters and MPs in Greece, this chapter 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
Title of host publicationPolitical Representation in Times of Bailout
Subtitle of host publicationEvidence from Greece and Portugal
EditorsAndré Freire, Marco Lisi, Ioannis Andreadis, José Manuel Leite Viegas
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2015

Keywords

  • representation
  • austerity
  • economic crisis
  • congruence
  • Greece

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