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Government constraints and economic voting in Greece

Kosmidis, Spyros (2013) Government constraints and economic voting in Greece. Hellenic Observatory papers on Greece and Southeast Europe (70). Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Incumbent parties in Southern Europe experienced losses in their electoral support that came along with a series of economic reforms imposed by the EU and the IMF. However, recent theories of accountability would predict lower levels of economic voting given the limited room left for national governments to manoeuvre the economy. To resolve this puzzle, the paper presents and models quarterly vote intention time series data from Greece (2000–2012) and links it with the state of the economy. The empirical results show that after the bailout loan agreement the Greek voters significantly shifted their assignment of responsibility for (economic) policy outcomes from the EU to the national government, which in turn heightened the impact of objective economic conditions on governing party support. The findings have implications for theories linking international structures, government constraints and democratic accountability.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2013 the Author
Divisions: European Institute
Hellenic Observatory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 15 May 2013 09:16
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 23:28

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