Dynastic politics : family ties in the Greek Parliament, 2000-2012

Patrikios, Stratos and Chatzikonstantinou, Michalis (2015) Dynastic politics : family ties in the Greek Parliament, 2000-2012. South European Society and Politics, 20 (1). pp. 93-111. ISSN 1360-8746

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    Abstract

    Fluctuations in the presence of dynastic politicians in national legislatures are seen as an important indicator of political modernisation. Drawing on original biographical data of Greek Members of Parliament (MPs) from the six most recent parliamentary terms we document the existence of a substantial and relatively stable pool of dynastic MPs. Their numbers only appear to shrink, albeit not too dramatically, in the 2012 elections, which also marked the collapse of the traditional party system. Findings highlight patterns of stability that have remained unnoticed under more visible shifts in party competition during the economic crisis.