Crisis Elections, New Contenders and Government Formation: Breaking the Mould in Southern Europe, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Crisis Elections, New Contenders and Government Formation

Breaking the Mould in Southern Europe, 1st Edition

Edited by Anna Bosco, Susannah Verney


234 pages

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The parliamentary elections of 2015–16 in Greece, Spain and Portugal had extraordinary consequences, bringing repeat elections, unprecedented processes of government formation and uncharted government outcomes. Greece formed a coalition of radical left and radical right and Portugal its first government supported by the communist party while Spain took ten months to get a government. These developments are especially astonishing in three states which in previous decades were a byword for democratic stability. After the transitions following the fall of their dictatorships in the 1970s, Greece, Spain and Portugal established bipolar electoral competition and predictable patterns of government formation. But more recently, all three countries have been in the frontline of the economic crisis and austerity implementation, triggering electoral realignments and turning the radical left into a major player. This volume offers essential understanding of the political destabilisation of Southern Europe. It includes detailed analyses of all five ‘crisis elections’ and of Greece’s bailout referendum. It also provides studies of the five ‘new contender’ parties (SYRIZA, Podemos, Ciudadanos, the Bloco Esquerda and the Portuguese Communist Party) which played a key role in government formation for the first time. The chapters originally published as a special issue in South European Society and Politics.

Table of Contents

1. From Electoral Epidemic to Government Epidemic: The Next Level of the Crisis in Southern Europe

Anna Bosco and Susannah Verney

Crisis Elections

2. The January 2015 Parliamentary Election in Greece: Government Change, Partial Punishment and Hesitant Stabilisation

Yannis Tsirbas

3. Realignment under Stress: The July 2015 Referendum and the September Parliamentary Election in Greece

Emmanouil Tsatsanis and Eftichia Teperoglou

4. The 2015 Portuguese Legislative Election: Widening the Coalitional Space and Bringing the Extreme Left in

Elisabetta De Giorgi and José Santana-Pereira

5. The Breakdown of the Spanish Two-Party System: The Upsurge of Podemos and Ciudadanos in the 2015 General Election

Lluis Orriols and Guillermo Cordero

6. The Challenges of the New Spanish Multipartism: Government Formation Failure and the 2016 General Election

Pablo Simón

New Contenders

7. SYRIZA’s Electoral Rise in Greece: Protest, Trust and the Art of Political Manipulation

Myrto Tsakatika

8. U-Turn: The Portuguese Radical Left from Marginality to Government Support

Marco Lisi

9. Fast and Furious: Podemos’ Quest for Power in Multi-level Spain

Juan Rodríguez-Teruel, Astrid Barrio and Oscar Barberà

10. Going National: Ciudadanos from Catalonia to Spain

Juan Rodríguez Teruel and Astrid Barrio

About the Editors

Anna Bosco is an Associate Professor at the University of Trieste, Italy. She is co-Editor of the journal South European Society and Politics and of the related Routledge book series.

Susannah Verney is an Assistant Professor at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. She is co-Editor of the journal South European Society and Politics and of the related Routledge book series.

About the Series

South European Society and Politics

The parallel regime transitions of the 1970s, when Southern Europe was the vanguard of the ‘third wave’ of democratisation, the impact of EU membership and Europeanisation and more recently, the region’s central role in the eurozone crisis have all made Southern Europe a distinctive area of interest for social science scholars. The South European Society and Politics book series promotes new empirical research into the domestic politics and society of South European states. The series, open to a broad range of social science approaches, offers comparative thematic volumes covering the region as a whole and on occasion, innovative single-country studies. Its geographical scope includes both ‘old’ and ‘new’ Southern Europe, defined as Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Malta and Turkey.

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