Representation and austerity politics : attitudes of Greek voters and elites compared

Karyotis, Georgios and Rüdig, Wolfgang and Judge, David (2014) Representation and austerity politics : attitudes of Greek voters and elites compared. South European Society and Politics, 19 (4). pp. 435-456. ISSN 1360-8746

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    Abstract

    Drawing on surveys of voters and MPs in Greece, this article analyses elite–mass interaction on key policy (austerity, European integration, immigration) and ideological issues after the 2012 elections. We find that while for the government parties, New Democracy and PASOK, the level of congruence is quite high, MPs from opposition parties (SYRIZA, Golden Dawn) place themselves in more exposed positions in comparison with their voters. The observed substantial variation in the intensity and direction of congruence, across parties and issue preferences in Greece, reinforces the view that the dimensionality of political contestation is not reducible to a single ideological dimension.