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The erosion of national democratic politics?

Konstantinidis, Nikitas (2012) The erosion of national democratic politics? LSE Greece@LSE (13 May 2012). Blog Entry.

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The results of the May 6 parliamentary elections have heralded the end of an era in its post-dictatorial democratic politics (metapolitefsi) characterized by alternation in power by two catch-all parties, cartelization of government, and heavy statism. The people have expressed a strong aversion to established political elites of the center-left PASOK and the center-right New Democracy (whose vote shares added up to 32%, less than half of their sum total in the 2009 elections). The rise of SYRIZA, a pre-electoral coalition of left-wing movements, has been the major story so far. However, the existing electoral system – designed by New Democracy in 2006 as a buttress for an entrenched two-party system and stable single-party government – has led to a significant distortion of the democratic will in terms of the translation of vote shares into seats (New Democracy gained more than a third of the seats with only 19% of the vote).

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Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > Government
Collections > Greece@LSE Blog
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2017 07:31
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2019 00:13

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