Greek Politics (taught in English)
This is an optional course offered in English for the students of the School and all the Erasmus and exchange students in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. After introducing the students to key concepts in the field of Political Science, the main objective of the current course is to provide a more in- depth analysis of the Greek political and party system. Special emphasis will be given to the political turmoil after the onset of the economic crisis in a comparative South European perspective.
The main themes of the course are the following:
1. Introduction. Conceptual issues. Short overview of the evolution of the Greek state
2. The organization of the Greek state (central government and local authorities)
3. The process towards democratization. The consolidation of the 3rd Hellenic Republic. The main political actors and formations.
4. The party system after 1974. Presentation of parties, leaders, elections
5. Issues of electoral behaviour
6. The Greek political landscape after the onset of the economic crisis. These topics will be presented in comparative perspective.
7. New modes of political mobilization and protest from the onset of the economic crisis
8. Greece and the European Union. The erosion of euro critical attitudes
9. Populism, extremism and radicalization. The Golden Dawn case.
10. Study of political personnel. Women and Politics in Greece after 1974.
11. The elections of 2019 in Greece (both European and national). Analysis of electoral behaviour and focus on the new political landscape
12. Wrap-up and synopsis
The successful completion of the course will offer to the Erasmus students an understanding of the Greek political system after the restoration of democracy in 1974 to the present. They will be able to study the social, economic and political developments in Greece and situate the Greek case within a broader comparative perspective. They will be familiarized with the study of political parties, party systems, as well as issues related to political behaviour and pressure groups
Clogg, R. (1988) Parties and Elections in Greece: The Search for Legitimacy, Duke University Press.