Greek Crisis

The recent financial crisis in Europe, with Greece at its epicenter, occupied some of my attention in the past ten years. I wrote a series of op-eds (Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, CNN.com, Kathimerini, among others) as well as more analytical pieces, including a book chapter entitled “Is Greece a Failing Developed State?” (Springer, 2011) and an essay entitled “Democratic Politics in Times of Austerity: The Limits of Forced Reform in Greece” in Perspectives on Politics in 2014.

In an effort to express myself in a way that would be more complex and more emotionally savvy than the written word would allow me, I co-produced and directed a documentary film Searching for Andreas: Political Leadership in Times of Crisis, which deals with the deep causes of the recent financial and political crisis in Greece. The film premiered at the 2018 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and was also screened at the 2019 Documentary Festival of Ierapetra in Crete. Most recently, I published an edited volume chapter entitled “The Political Consequences of the Crisis in Greece: Charismatic Leadership and its Discontents” (Berghahn Books, 2018), which builds on my research for Searching for Andreas.

My involvement and writings on the crisis led to me being invited to become one of the contributors for the Political Data Yearbook published by the European Journal of Political Research, a major journal of European political science. Richard Katz and Peter Mair began editing the Political Data Yearbook more than two decades ago as an annual special issue of the European Journal for Political Research, where “a network of established political scientists […] were to write individually authored reports on developments in their country during the previous year.”  Since 2010, I have published two co-authored entries (with George Th. Mavrogordatos, University of Athens) and six single authored ones. Finally, since 2018, I contribute to the Freedom House reports on Greece and Cyprus.

2018. “Greece: Political developments and data for 2017,” European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, Volume 57, Issue 1: 121-128.

2017. “Greece,” European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, Volume 56, Issue 1: 115-122.

2016. “Greece,” European Journal of Political Research, Political Data Yearbook, Vol. 55, Issue 1, pp. 113–123.

2015. “Greece,” European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, Volume 54, Issue 1: 125-132.

2014. “Greece,” European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, Volume 53, Issue 1: 140-147.

2013. “Greece,” European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, Volume 52, Issue 1: 87–95.

2012. “Greece,” European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, Volume 51, Issue 1: 122-128 (with George Th. Mavrogordatos).

2011. “Greece,” European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, Volume 50, Issue 7-8: 985-990 (with George Th. Mavrogordatos).

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