Type: Contribution to book
The electoral system
Kevin FEATHERSTONE and Dimitri A. SOTIROPOULOS (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Modern Greek Politics, Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2020, Oxford handbooks, pp. 203-218
DINAS, Elias, The electoral system, in Kevin FEATHERSTONE and Dimitri A. SOTIROPOULOS (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Modern Greek Politics, Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2020, Oxford handbooks, pp. 203-218 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/70842
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As new democracies consolidate, so do their accompanying party systems. A key factor contributing to this process is the establishment of rigid electoral laws that set the rules of the game. With seven reforms since its inauguration in 1974, the Greek electoral system has been an exception to this rule. Although change has been sometimes incremental and other times short lived, it has kept the electoral system in the political agenda. In this article I review the trajectory of the electoral law in Greece and look at the way the discussion over electoral reform developed along the process of party-system maturation. In so doing, I try to shed light on what seems to be an interesting paradox: the electoral system in Greece appeared most robust exactly in the same period in which the party system was most volatile, amidst the debt crisis. The political turmoil which the crisis generated seems to have shaped Greek politics and party competition in many aspects apart from the otherwise fluid electoral system.
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/70842
Full-text via DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198825104.013.13
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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