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South European Society and Politics


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The parallel regime transitions of the 1970s, when Southern Europe was the vanguard of the ‘third wave’ of democratisation, the impact of EU membership and Europeanisation and more recently, the region’s central role in the eurozone crisis have all made Southern Europe a distinctive area of interest for social science scholars. The South European Society and Politics book series promotes new empirical research into the domestic politics and society of South European states. The series, open to a broad range of social science approaches, offers comparative thematic volumes covering the region as a whole and on occasion, innovative single-country studies. Its geographical scope includes both ‘old’ and ‘new’ Southern Europe, defined as Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Malta and Turkey.

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Italy Transformed: Politics, Society and Institutions at the End of the Great Recession

Italy Transformed: Politics, Society and Institutions at the End of the Great Recession

Forthcoming

Martin Bull, Gianfranco Pasquino
December 15, 2018

The decade commencing with the great crash of 2008 was a watershed period for Italian politics, involving fundamental and dramatic changes, many of which had not been anticipated. This comprehensive volume explores these changes. It was originally published as a special issue of the journal South...

Reinventing Democracy: Grassroots Movements in Portugal

Reinventing Democracy: Grassroots Movements in Portugal

Forthcoming

João Arriscado Nunes, Boaventura de Sousa Santos
November 30, 2018

The studies gathered in this volume focus on Portuguese society, from the creative social and political experimentation by citizen and popular movements during the revolution of 1974/75 to more recent episodes of alternative economic organisation, popular mobilization over the claim of local...

The AKP Since Gezi Park: Moving to regime change in Turkey

The AKP Since Gezi Park: Moving to regime change in Turkey

Forthcoming

Susannah Verney, Anna Bosco, Senem Aydin-Düzgit
November 15, 2018

While the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has dominated Turkish politics for a decade and a half, recent years have seen a qualitative change, culminating in the 2017 referendum on the move to a presidential system. This volume focuses on the later years of AKP rule after the first direct...

Crisis Elections, New Contenders and Government Formation: Breaking the Mould in Southern Europe

Crisis Elections, New Contenders and Government Formation: Breaking the Mould in Southern Europe

Anna Bosco, Susannah Verney
December 05, 2017

The parliamentary elections of 2015–16 in Greece, Spain and Portugal had extraordinary consequences, bringing repeat elections, unprecedented processes of government formation and uncharted government outcomes. Greece formed a coalition of radical left and radical right and Portugal its first...

Political Representation in Times of Bailout: Evidence from Greece and Portugal

Political Representation in Times of Bailout: Evidence from Greece and Portugal

André Freire, Marco Lisi, Ioannis Andreadis, José Manuel Leite Viegas
June 16, 2017

Since 2008 many European states have experienced significant challenges in adapting to austerity, and political actors within these states have made significant changes in their discourses and practices. This book explores the short-term impact of the sovereign debt crisis on aspects of political...

Economic Crisis and Austerity in Southern Europe: Threat or Opportunity for a Sustainable Welfare State

Economic Crisis and Austerity in Southern Europe: Threat or Opportunity for a Sustainable Welfare State

Maria Petmesidou, Ana Marta Guillén
May 31, 2017

Southern Europe has been hit hard by the global economic crisis and, as such, their welfare states have come under acute strain. Unmet need has sharply increased while significant welfare reforms and deep social spending cuts have been prominent in the crisis management solutions implemented by...

Is Turkey De-Europeanising?: Encounters with Europe in a Candidate Country

Is Turkey De-Europeanising?: Encounters with Europe in a Candidate Country

Alper Kaliber, Senem Aydin-Düzgit
April 03, 2017

This comprehensive edited volume conceptually develops the notion of ‘de-Europeanisation’ as an important development in the literature on Europeanisation, and applies it specifically to the case of Turkey. ‘De-Europeanisation’ is defined as the loss or weakening of the EU/Europe as a normative/...

Mobilising Politics and Society?: The EU Convention's Impact on Southern Europe

Mobilising Politics and Society?: The EU Convention's Impact on Southern Europe

Sonia Lucarelli, Claudio Radaelli
August 10, 2016

Mobilising Politics and Society offers a timely analysis of the European Union Convention's impact on the domestic political systems, and civil society in Southern Europe. It provides country chapters on Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Malta, Cyprus and Turkey. All chapters follow a common...

The South European Right in the 21st Century: Italy, France and Spain

The South European Right in the 21st Century: Italy, France and Spain

Jocelyn A.J. Evans
August 04, 2016

Since the European-wide domination of social democratic governments during the mid- to late-1990s, Right-wing parties have returned to power in the three largest Mediterranean democracies – Italy, France and Spain. This alternation has been symptomatic of growing majoritarianism in Southern Europe,...

The 2014 European Parliament Elections in Southern Europe: Still Second Order or Critical Contests?

The 2014 European Parliament Elections in Southern Europe: Still Second Order or Critical Contests?

Hermann Schmitt, Eftichia Teperoglou
May 19, 2016

Southern Europe has been the EU region most exposed to the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis with consequences for national party systems and political stability. The 2014 European Parliament elections took place at a crucial time for Europe and Southern European societies more generally. This book...

Party Change in Southern Europe

Party Change in Southern Europe

Anna Bosco, Leonardo Morlino
February 28, 2016

It has been argued that political parties are weakening. In Southern Europe, however, political parties have shown remarkable pragmatism. Not only have they played a crucial role in the installation and consolidation of democracy, mostly in the 1970s and 1980s, but they have also adapted to the...

Protest Elections and Challenger Parties: Italy and Greece in the Economic Crisis

Protest Elections and Challenger Parties: Italy and Greece in the Economic Crisis

Susannah Verney, Anna Bosco
November 28, 2014

Both in Greece in 2012 and Italy in 2013, it took two elections to form a government. A repeat parliamentary contest was required in Greece and the unprecedented re-election of the outgoing President of the Republic in Italy before a cabinet could be formed. Against a background of economic crisis...

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