Beyond the usual suspects: new participants in anti-austerity protest in Greece

Rudig, W. and Karyotis, G. (2013) Beyond the usual suspects: new participants in anti-austerity protest in Greece. Mobilization: An International Quarterly, 18(3), pp. 313-330.

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In light of the emergence of mass protest against the austerity measures taken by the Greek government in 2010, we investigate whether these protests mobilized just the "usual suspects" of left-wing trade union activists, or if a new protest generation emerged. Using a general population survey carried out in December 2010, we find that almost one-third of the adult Greek population had taken part in anti-austerity protests, but less than one in five had been first-time protesters. Comparing new protesters with veteran protesters and nonprotesters, we find that new protest recruits do not fit the expected pattern in many respects. In particular, new demonstrators are less left wing than veterans and do not differ significantly from nondemonstrators, thus fitting the model of "apprentice" protesters. For the recruitment of new strikers, on the other hand, factors such as trade union membership and support for left-wing parties are more important.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Karyotis, Professor Georgios
Authors: Rudig, W., and Karyotis, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:Mobilization: An International Quarterly
Publisher:San Diego State University Department of Sociology
ISSN (Online):1938-1514

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