Greece: The Return of the Right

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Asimakopoulos, V. and Fouskas, V. 2023. Greece: The Return of the Right. The Political Quarterly. 94 (4), pp. 662-667. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.13339
AuthorsAsimakopoulos, V. and Fouskas, V.
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New Democracy (ND), the centre-right party founded by Constantine Karamanlis in summer 1974 and currently led by Kyriakos Mitsotakis, scion of a powerful political family, won the twin electoral contest of May and June 2023 with a landslide. The victory was comprehensive both in terms the votes received – over 40% of those who cast their vote (abstention was over 45%) – and because of the near collapse of Syriza (17,83%) and the weak recovery of the other centre-left party, PASOK (11,46%). Moreover, far-right and conservative parties, three in total, entered parliament amassing some 12% of the vote. We argue that two strictly interlinked phenomena account for these developments. The first was the eclipse of conditions that created the Syriza phenomenon in Greece (the 2010-15 debt crisis); and the second was the lack of a credible programmatic alternative that speaks to middle classes on behalf of both centre-left parties.

JournalThe Political Quarterly
Journal citation94 (4), pp. 662-667
ISSN0032-3179
Year2023
PublisherWiley
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