Next GPSG-BSA Webinar on Modern Greek Studies


Next GPSG-BSA Webinar on Modern Greek Studies will take place on 30.05.2022, 17.00 UK/19.00 Greek time

Professor Georgios Karyotis (University of Glasgow) will present on

“Culture Wars? Affective Polarisation and Emerging Political Cleavages in Crises-Ridden Greece”

Recent polarising events and protest movements in Greece’s modern history, such as the 2015 referendum, the Prespes agreement with the Former Yugoslavic Republic of Macedonia, or the measures introduced by the government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, indicate that novel political conflicts have emerged among the Greek public, paralleling developments elsewhere. Often, these conflicts are claimed to represent groups of citizens with antagonistic worldviews, pointing towards a broader cultural conflict fuelled by appeals to emotions and group identification. The impact of these on political behaviour and the extent to which the politicisation of cultural social identities is re-aligning the ideological and political landscape has received scant attention in Greece due to a paucity of available public opinion data. This paper analyses original and historical survey evidence to situate developments in Greek public opinion since the early 1990s, focussing on how cultural issue cleavages have realigned around new partisan identities, in the context of the economic, refugee and pandemic crises – and its implications for political behaviour.

Professor Karyotis will be commented by Professor Manos Matsaganis (Polytechnic University of Milan)

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