Susannah Verney deplan at otenet.gr
Sat Sep 12 09:19:05 PDT 2015

Two new articles which may be of interest to members of the MGSA list. 
The articles are part of a special issue on the 2014 Euroelections - the 
full issue will be published in /South European Society and Politics 
/later this month.

The articles are available online through the following link:

*Habituating to the New Normal in a Post-earthquake Party System: the 
2014 European Election in Greece**
**Eftichia Teperoglou, Emmanouil Tsatsanis, Elias Nicolakopoulos*


The article examines the 2014 European election in Greece. Conducted two 
years after the double-earthquake elections of 2012 and with the country 
still mired in a protracted economic crisis, our findings largely 
support the conclusion that this post-‘earthquake’ election can be 
classified as one of the most classic second-order elections in the 
history of Greek elections. Both ideology and attribution of blame for 
the ongoing economic crisis to the PASOK and ND governments to a large 
extent explain the victory of SYRIZA.At the same time, however, more 
fundamental positions towards European unification appear to have become 
more relevant to party choice for the first time since the early 1980s. **

*Keywords*: European Parliament Elections 2014; Greece; second-order 
elections; SYRIZA; Golden Dawn; austerity; party system realignment



*Surprising Elections in Exciting Times? *

*Of Proxies and Second-order Events in the Cypriot Euroelections 2014*

By Giorgos Charalambous, Bambos Papageorgiou and Adonis Pegasiou


The concept of second-order national elections has generated a rich 
literature, but its universality, in particular its predominance in 
contexts affected by shocks, has not been sufficiently studied. The 2014 
election to the European Parliament in the Republic of Cyprus, taking 
place one year after an EU/IMF bailout, could be classified as one of 
the most puzzling contests in the history of second-order elections. The 
incumbent party, DISY, was not punished, despite the harsh economic 
environment in the country, while protest voting affected the opposition 
more. Abstention was exceptional, indicating a delegitimisation of the 
political system. Moreover, the micro-level analysis reveals that the 
decision to vote or abstain was driven by attitudes towards both 
domestic institutions on the one hand and European/international 
institutions on the other.

*Keywords*: EU/IMF bailout, European Parliament elections 2014, Cyprus, 
Second-order Elections Model, Economic Crisis, Abstention

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