Since 2008 many European states have experienced significant challenges in adapting to austerity, and political actors within these states have made significant changes in their discourses and practices. This book explores the short-term impact of the sovereign debt crisis on aspects of political representation in Greece and Portugal, two of the countries that have been the most severely affected. It provides the most systematic examination to date of the attitudinal change of voters and elites regarding participation and representation, and of the legitimacy of the political system in two of the bailed-out Eurozone states. By examining the congruence between elites and voters, the shift in the patterns of competition, and the position of both citizens and representatives on the main issues, the studies contribute towards a reassessment of the validity of the responsible party model and of theories about democratic accountability. By relying on original mass and elite surveys conducted both before and after the bailouts, the volume helps us understand how the EU/IMF intervention has affected partisan alignments in Greece and Portugal, as well as the differences and similarities in the way political elites and civil society have adapted to severe austerity. This book was originally published as a special issue of South European Society & Politics.
1. Political Representation in Bailed-out Southern Europe: Greece and Portugal Compared André Freire, Marco Lisi, Ioannis Andreadis and José Manuel Leite Viegas
2. Representation and Austerity Politics: Attitudes of Greek Voters and Elites Compared Georgios Karyotis, Wolfgang Rüdig and David Judge
3. Elites’ and Voters’ Attitudes towards Austerity Policies and their Consequences in Greece and Portugal Eftichia Teperoglou, André Freire, Ioannis Andreadis and José Manuel Leite Viegas
4. Awakening the Sleeping Giant in Greece and Portugal? Elites’ and Voters’ Attitudes towards EU Integration in Difficult Economic Times André Freire, Eftichia Teperoglou and Catherine Moury
5. Support for Democracy in Times of Crisis: Diffuse and Specific Regime Support in Portugal and Greece Conceição Pequito Teixeira, Emmanouil Tsatsanis and Ana Maria Belchior
6. The Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Ideological Space in Portugal and Greece: A Comparison of Elites and Voters Emmanouil Tsatsanis, André Freire and Yannis Tsirbas
7. Campaign Individualisation before and after the Bailout: A Comparison between Greece and Portugal Marco Lisi and José Santana-Pereira
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.