Who protests in Greece? Mass opposition to austerity

Rüdig, W. and Karyotis, G. (2014) Who protests in Greece? Mass opposition to austerity. British Journal of Political Science, 44(3), pp. 487-513. (doi: 10.1017/S0007123413000112)

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The widespread opposition to unprecedented austerity measures in Greece provides a unique opportunity to study the causes of mass protest. We report the results of a survey of the adult population, with two thirds of the respondents supporting protest and 29 per cent reporting actual involvements in strikes and/or demonstrations during 2010. Relative deprivation is a significant predictor of potential protest but does not play any role in terms of who actually takes part in strikes or demonstrations. Previous protest participation emerges as a key predictor of actual protest. We attempt to set these results in the context of Greece as compared with other countries facing similar challenges and discuss the implications for the future of austerity politics.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Karyotis, Professor Georgios
Authors: Rüdig, W., and Karyotis, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:British Journal of Political Science
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1469-2112
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 Cambridge University Press
First Published:First published in British Journal of Political Science 44(3):487-513
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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