08.11.2013: Prof. Takis S. Pappas

„Embattled Democracy: Legitimation Crisis and the Rise of Political Extremism in Greece“ – Prof. Takis S. Pappas
Visiting Fellow, European University Institute, Florence, Italy; Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Comments: Dr. Arndt Wonka, BIGSSS, University of Bremen; and Dr. Anne Jenichen, CEuS, University of Bremen

Date: November 8th 2013
Location: University of Bremen, FVG Room 0060
Time: 15:00-17:00

Greece is an embattled democracy that poses intricate questions: Is the Greek system of extreme and polarized party politics viable at all, or is Greece at risk of becoming a new Weimar Republic? Dr. Pappas offers a theoretically compelling and empirically rich account of why a modern democracy may wither, how democratic decay comes about, and also addresses the question “now what?”, regarding the future prospects of Greece.

TAKIS S. PAPPAS (Ph.D., Yale University 1995) is associate professor of comparative politics in the Department of Balkan, Slavic & Oriental Studies of the University of Macedonia, Greece, and, currently, Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute in Florence. His publications include Populist Democracies; Post-Authoritarian Greece and Post-Communist Hungary, Government and Opposition (2013); making the case for a novel democracy subtype, populist democracy; Why Greece Failed, Journal of Democracy (2013) offering a unified theory about Greece’s current political and economic crisis, the monograph Making Party Democracy in Greece (Palgrave, 1999), among others.