Party systems in times of enduring economic crisis: Continuity and Change; GrEPOP 5th Annual conference

This year the annual General Conference of the Greek Elections Public Opinion and Parties Group was organised in collaboration with the  ECPR Standing Group on Southern European Politics  and the  Centre for Political Research from the 8th until the 9th of June at the Panteion University of Athens, Greece.

Conference Programme

The overall aim of this year’s workshop is to enhance knowledge on political and electoral behaviour in Greece and Southern Europe during the Great Recession. GrEPOP promotes and encourages the application of quantitative analysis in political science. From this perspective, we accept proposals for papers conducting research engaging with empirical data (e.g. public opinion surveys, electoral results, online surveys, party manifestos). Through this year’s collaboration with the SG on SEP, we aim to strengthen the international dimension of the conference and reinforce the broader Southern European perspective.

We are especially interested in panels and papers that discuss the following themes:

  • Attitudes towards democracy
  • Populism
  • Social movements
  • National and European elections
  • Referenda
  • Radicalisation
  • Party competition
  • New methods in political science (i.e. experiments, machine learning)
  • Online surveys and Voting Advice Applications
  • Big Data methods in Political Science
  • Analysis of party platforms and speeches
  • Political personnel and party leaders
  • Intraparty structures
  • Electoral volatility
  • Social and political cleavages

ESRA Conference 3 Panels on Political Attitudes

Together with Theofanis Exadaktylos we organised three panels at the ESRA (European Sociological Research Association) conference in Lisbon, 17-21, July 2017. Below you may find the extended summary of our panel.

Session Details

Since the onset of the financial crisis in Europe in 2008 a series of tumultuous events have unfolded across Europe. The European Union is confronted with a series of social and political challenges that affect European citizens across all member states, such as the rise of austerity as a result of the economic crisis, the migration influx from inside and outside the European Union, terrorism and security threats, as well as the rise of new political forces questioning the future of European Integration. This chain of events has not only challenged the political elites of the European Union and its member states but it has also affected citizens’ political attitudes.

The purpose of this panel is the understanding of the stability or change of citizens’ behaviour as an essential element in political science and comparative politics, especially within the context of turbulence in Europe. The panel incorporates ideas linked to the wider topics of the rise of populism, the questioning of established democratic values, norms and institutions by European citizens, and the rise of support for extreme and radical voices within mainstream politics.

This panel accepts papers that use survey based research including survey experiments and experimental designs to gauge short or long term changes of political attitudes, including but not limited to:

– Attitudes towards democracy
– Political preferences including party choice
– Perceptions of authoritarian personalities, and
– Support for populist or anti-systemic parties and political formations.

The focus of the panel is not the case(s) selected but rather the application of the method and its connection to rigorous empirical analysis.