Joint Roundtable: Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) / Hellenic Political Science Association (ΕΕΠΕ)
Brexit: Challenging the status quo
Thursday, 24 November 2016, 5.30pm
Panteion University, Athens
Moderator: Michalis Mitsos (Journalist / Ta Nea)
Dr Paul Copeland, Queen Mary University of London
Dr Dimitris Katsikas, University of Athens
Dr Giannis Konstantinidis, University of Macedonia
Dr Stella Ladi, Panteion University / Queen Mary University of London
In June 2015, the Greek Politics Specialist Group launched its biennial competition inviting submissions on any aspect of Greek society, government, policies or politics. This year we placed particular emphasis on innovation, excellence, engagement and impact – whether through an innovative research design, methodology or technique; advanced thinking and scholarship; ground-breaking argumentation; or impact on academia, politics and communities. The remit of the competition included everything from conventional empirical papers and research proposals to think-pieces, practical and applied projects, methodological models and impact case studies.
A panel of three judges independently assessed all entries and noted the very high standard of submissions, which reflects the robust state of the discipline. Following a very competitive process, the Executive Committee of the GPSG is today delighted to announce the winners of our ‘Innovative Approaches to the Study of Greek Society and Politics’ competition:
The 1st prize (€300) is awarded to Dr Constantine Boussalis (Trinity College Dublin) and Dr Travis Coan (University of Exeter) for their paper entitled “Tracing the Narrative of Hate in the Rising Greek Far-Right”, which offers a ground-breaking model for the analysis of party policies. Boussalis and Coan offer a forensic examination of the Golden Dawn’s ideology based on an extraordinary research design and analysis of 17,283 official party news articles.
The 2nd prize (€200) is awarded to Dr Rosa Vasilaki (LSE) for her research proposal entitled “Policing the Greek Crisis: Public Order and Civil Unrest in Times of Turmoil”, which promises to deliver impactful research of a neglected topic. Vasilaki’s proposal puts forward an original approach by focusing on primary research with police officers, looking at their own perceptions of public attitudes towards the police.
The 3rd prize (€100) is awarded to Dr Sotiris Petropoulos (University of the Peloponnese) and Professor Asteris Huliaras (University of the Peloponnese) for their paper entitled “European Money in Greece: In search of the real impact of EU Structural Funds”, which offers a fresh perspective (that of North-South development aid) to the evaluation of EU structural funds. Based on interviews with an impressive array of policy-makers, Petropoulos and Huliaras provide us with a sophisticated analysis that makes an important contribution to scholarship.
The winning entries will be published as part of the GPSG Working Paper Series (http://www.gpsg.org.uk/publications/working-papers/) over the course of the next few months.
We would like to extend our congratulations to the winners and our sincere gratitude to everyone who participated in this competition.
Call and submission template (PDF version)
Competition poster (high-res)
Wednesday, 15 April, 2pm
On 15 April 2015, the Greek Politics Specialist Group organised a virtual roundtable in collaboration with other Specialist Groups of the Political Studies Association. This was thesecond in a series of three Google Hangouts set up by the PSA on the UK election. It evaluated Britain’s position within the EU and the wider effects that the General Election may have on Europe. The virtual roundtable was chaired by Professor Charles Lees (University of Bath).
Some of the key questions discussed during the roundtable were: What might the different election outcomes mean for the EU or other Eurozone countries? Will the trend of the rise of smaller radical parties in Europe may repeat itself in the UK? How much of an issue is the EU and the Eurozone for parties?
Google Hangouts is a public, free-to-access conference call which brings together people from around the world. This virtual roundtable was hosted by Google on the Hangouts web page and broadcast live on YouTube.
New GPSG Book
Edited by Georgios Karyotis and Roman Gerodimos
Published by Palgrave Macmillan
This volume investigates the policies and politics of extreme austerity, setting the crisis in Greece in its global context. Featuring multidisciplinary contributions and an exclusive interview with former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, this is the first comprehensive account of the economic crisis at the heart of Europe.
‘This timely volume is one of the first to reflect on how the Greek debt crisis arose, how it was managed by both Europe and Greece, and what lessons are to be learned from it. It brings together a variety of experts to offer an insightful, broad and dispassionate perspective that goes beyond the immediacy of the case to provide a rich understanding.’
– Kevin Featherstone, Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics, London School of Economics, UK
‘In my view austerity was probably an inevitable response to the Greek crisis, but the authors are right that it gave Greek citizens a ‘harsh and bitter tongue’ (the original meaning of the Greek word austeros) and led to a Greek tragedy. Their book is a must read to understand how and why.’
– André Sapir, Professor of Economics, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
‘If you want to understand how to survive today’s Eurozone crisis, read Georgios Karyotis and Roman Gerodimos’ The Politics of Extreme Austerity. They have gathered an extraordinary roster of economists, political scientists, media experts, policy makers and others to shed light on how framing of crises shapes public debate and public policy (and vice versa), often for the worse. Their devastating analysis of Greece shows how nations fall deeper into financial distress – and suggests how the Eurozone may be able to recover.’
– Susan Moeller, Director of the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda, University of Maryland, USA
‘What happens when a prosperous, mature democracy is hit by an unprecedented economic depression? An outstanding group of researchers explores several dimensions of this critical and fascinating question, covering multiple facets of both politics and policy. Centered on the Greek case yet embedding it into a broader comparative context, this book provide multiple and valuable insights, thus launching a new area of investigation.’
– Stathis N. Kalyvas, Wolfers Professor of Political Science and Director, Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence, Yale University, USA
GPSG Pamphlet No 4: First thoughts on the 25 January 2015 election in Greece
Edited by Roman Gerodimos
Featuring 49 opinion & analysis pieces by leading experts
(16.7MB, requires Adobe Acrobat)
Images of Nations: International Crises, Soft Power and Strategic Communication
Workshop on Rhetoric & Persuasion and GPSG Book Launch
University of Piraeus
Monday, 15 December, 9am-8:30pm
The Greek Politics Specialist Group in collaboration with the University of Piraeus organised a one-day conference on rhetoric and persuasion, focusing on international crises, soft power and strategic communication. The conference included the launch of the GPSG’s first book in Greece.
Edited by Athanassios N. Samaras
Foreword by Roman Gerodimos
Athens: Kastaniotis Publications
International Conference: Beyond “Absorption”: The Impact of EU Structural Funds on Greece (1981-2013)
Organised by the Department of Economics and the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Peloponnese, the Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) of the UK’s Political Studies Association (PSA), and the Hellenic University Association for European Studies (EPEES)
Athens, 19-20 September 2014
Since 1981, Greece has been a major beneficiary of EU structural funds (ERDF, ESF, CF and structural support for agriculture). For over 30 years, average EU transfers ranged from 2.4 to 3.3% of the country’s annual GDP. EU structural aid – around 22 billion euro for 2007-13 – still continues to finance thousands of projects all over the country in almost every sector of the economy – from the construction of motorways to the upgrading of human resources. The debate has often focused on the failure of the Greek government to “absorb” EU funds, instead of questioning their effectiveness for fostering growth and promoting development. Evaluations of these projects were usually confined to measuring quantifiable outputs. However, much less research has focused on the long term, non-economic and indirect impact of the structural funds. This conference aims at filling this gap.
The Department of Economics and the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of the Peloponnese, the Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) of the UK’s Political Studies Association (PSA), and the Hellenic University Association for European Studies (EPEES) welcome papers from academics and other researchers, decision makers, bureaucrats, consultants and anyone who has been involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of EU-funded projects in Greece since its accession into the EC/EU.
ECPR 8th General Conference
Glasgow, 3-6 September 2014
Greek Politics Specialist Group, ECPR Standing Group on Southern European Politics, European Research Network (ERN)
Friday, 5 September, 19:15, The Cutler’s Rest
Kindly co-sponsored by Routledge
In September 2014, the Greek Politics Specialist Group launched a new series – GPSG Guides – starting with two brief handbooks providing guidance and advice for researchers, especially younger colleagues, on how to prepare for, and deliver, strong presentations.
GPSG Guide #1
How to: Present at Conferences – a guide for graduate students
GPSG Guide #2
Delivering Strong Conference Presentations – a guide for first-time presenters
Workshop on Political Violence, Terrorism and Extremism in Greece and Europe
London, 20 June 2014
In June 2014, the Greek Politics Specialist Group convened an international conference on political violence and extremism in Greece and in Europe. The event brought together 30 academics from several UK and European universities, researchers from leading think-tanks such as Demos, Counterpoint and RUSI, and journalists.
Through brief presentations, roundtables and interactive sessions, the workshop gave participants the opportunity to present their recent, current and forthcoming research, as well as to identify key patterns, network and share opportunities for collaboration.
The event took place at the learning space of the new Canada Water Library in central London.
Please visit the Virtual Gallery featuring multimedia resources and presentations from the conference.
05/2014 – GPSG Pamphlet: First thoughts on the 18 & 25 May 2014 elections in Greece
Workshop: The Economic Adjustment Programmes and their Alternatives –
Exploring the Role of Ideas, Discourse and Reform Technology in the Era of Austerity
Brussels, Friday, 2 May 2014
Organised in collaboration with the Institute for European Studies, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Coming Up: podcast and photos from the event
Political Studies Review
Special Issue (Vol 12, Issue 2): Symposium on Austerity Politics in the EU
Edited by Dr Stella Ladi and Dr Dimitris Tsarouhas
Symposium on Educating for the Modern Global Economy
Athens, 5 October 2013
Organised in collaboration with the Salzburg Global Seminar and the Fulbright Foundation, Greece
Events of recent years have surely erased any remaining doubts about the interconnectedness of the world’s economies. From the credit crises in the US and EU to the increasing frequency of natural disasters around the world, and social unrest in the Middle East, the economic waves of local problems have made themselves felt to individual citizens in nearly every corner of the globe.
With change inevitable and globalization obvious, how can the next generation be prepared to compete in these foreign and uncertain conditions? How do universities, colleges, vocational schools, and other institutes of higher education assess the future needs of their students, nations, and the world and react appropriately? How can all students, regardless of specialization, be best prepared for a globalized workplace? And what role do partnerships, both internationally and with the private sector, play in preparing students for a global knowledge economy?
The Salzburg Global Seminar and the Fulbright Foundation, Greece, with additional support from the Greek Politics Specialist Group, recently organized a symposium to examine these issues both in the context of Greece and the world at large. In the spirit of all three organizations’ common missions, visions, and commitment to education as the driving force for positive change, innovation, and well-being for individuals and societies, the purpose of the event was to provide a place for inspirational dialogue and new ideas. Salzburg Global, Fulbright Greece, and the Greek Politics Specialists Group sought to involve as many people from their respective networks – Fellows and alumni, those familiar with our work and those seeking to learn more, old friends and new ones. The one-day symposium provided an opportunity for those involved in the work of Salzburg Global and the Fulbright Foundation to connect with one another and (re-)connect with like-minded individuals in Athens and Greece and to reinvigorate ties to all three organizations.
The Symposium took place at Cotsen Hall, The American School of Classical Studies, in central Athens.
The event was free of charge for full and affiliate members of the Greek Politics Specialist Group.
GPSG Paper Competition 2013
Best Paper Prizes at the 6th Biennial Hellenic Observatory Symposium on Contemporary Greece & Cyprus
London School of Economics, 6-7 June 2013
Continuing its tradition of supporting and showcasing the work of young scholars, the Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) recently launched a competition for the two best papers to be presented at the 6th Biennial PhD Symposium organised by the LSE Hellenic Observatory. Our competition received an excellent response and the panel of judges evaluated more than 30 papers of high standard, demonstrating the robust state of graduate and doctoral research on Greek and Cypriot politics, government and society.
We are delighted to announce that the prizes for the two best papers have been awarded to:
GPSG Best Paper Prize 2013
Katerina Loukidou (PhD Candidate, University of Athens) for her paper entitled ‘Formal and informal civil society associations in Greece: two sides of the same coin?’
Abstract: The paper examines key characteristics of civil society’s formal and informal aspects, through personal interviews with leaders and members of various associations in Thessaloniki. It explores the criteria for the selection of the operational type and focuses on the impact of the economic crisis to both formal and informal organizations. It concludes that, when it comes to activity or membership variations, there is no relationship between the economic crisis and the organizations’ form.
GPSG Best Paper Prize 2013
Ioanna Ntampoudi (PhD Candidate, Aston University) for her paper entitled ‘The Eurozone Crisis and the Politics of Blaming: Narratives, Identities and Discursive Patterns’
Abstract: The present paper investigates the public discourse that surrounds the Eurozone crisis and its management in search for an understanding of the cultural politics that have characterised it. Through a critical discourse analysis of media and elite rhetoric, the various ways that both German and Greek citizens are constructed as prototypical representatives of Core Europe and Periphery Europe, respectively, are explored. Furthermore, the ways that both Germans and Greeks are represented as distinct ‘nations’ and monolithic ‘cultures’ and constructed as either malicious ‘villains’ or innocent ‘victims’ are analysed and questioned. The analysis identifies two main tendencies, namely the trend towards essentialisms and the pattern of binary oppositions. These two linguistic and intellectual tendencies are intimately involved in an on-going process of identity formation with significant political implications, particularly for the distinctly normative conceptions of national and European identities.
The judges commended both papers for their clarity, originality and innovation. Each winner will receive a monetary prize of £150. The two papers will also be published shortly as part of the GPSG Working Paper Series. The GPSG Executive Committee would like to congratulate the two winners and thank all applicants for making this such a vibrant contest.
‘Immigrants in Europe: between the Eurozone Crisis and the Arab Spring’
London, 9 November 2012
A Joint Conference of the German Politics Specialist Group; the Comparative European Politics Specialist Group; the Greek Politics Specialist Group and the Italian Politics Specialist Group. Supported by the Political Studies Association’s Specialist Activities Fund.
Patricia Hogwood, University of Westminster: P.Hogwood@westminster.ac.uk
Katja Sarmiento-Mirwaldt, London School of Economics: email@example.com
06/2012 – GPSG Pamphlet: First thoughts on the 17 June 2012 election in Greece
05/2012 – GPSG Pamphlet: First thoughts on the 6 May 2012 election in Greece
GPSG International Conference
“The Politics of Extreme Austerity: Greece Beyond the Crisis”
8-9 December 2011, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
Supported by the PSA’s Specialist Activities Fund.
With additional support from Glasgow City Chambers and HSBC.
GPSG Panel at the ECPR General Conference
Reykjavik, August 2011
“Post-Crisis Public Policy Reform in Southern Europe”
Listen to the podcast here
ECPR Section ID: 58
ECPR Section Title: Crisis Zone? State Quality and Democratic Quality in Southern Europe
This session was organised by the ECPR Standing Group in Southern European Politics.
Background: The recent economic crisis has exposed the high degree of vulnerability suffered by Southern EU (SEU) member states. Despite their 30-year long membership of the Union and their Eurozone participation, SEUs have been faced with speculative attacks in the financial markets, while Greece’s near-default has triggered pan-European debates (and subsequent political action) to avoid collapse. Moreover, the crisis has produced a wave of public policy reforms in SEUs, most notably Greece, reforms adopted in a faster pace than ever before and meeting with comparatively little societal and interest group resistance.
Aim & Key Questions: This panel aims to provide a platform for comparing the problems, solutions and challenges that Southern EU (SEU) member-states are facing. Its raison d’être is motivated by a set of interlinked questions that paper givers are encouraged to reflect on:
A. Which aspects of public policy in Southern Europe contributed to the crisis and to the fact that South European member states are the Eurozone‘s “weakest link”?
B. What has been the public policy response of the administrations in the region to the crisis, and what lessons can we learn from their response?
C. What does their response tell us about European public policy in terms of the Eurozone’s ability to reform public administration structures?
D. What does the crisis tell us about the effectiveness of EU’s soft law framework on public policy/administration in strengthening national policy-making capacity?
This panel is convened by the Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) of the Political Studies Association, UK.
Dr Stella Ladi, Panteion University, Athens, Greece: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Dimitris Tsarouhas, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey: email@example.com
Panel Discussant: Professor Leonardo Morlino, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, Italy
C. Paraskevopoulos (University of Macedonia), “Accounting for variation in the impact of and response to economic crisis in Greece & Portugal”
B. Clements (University of Leicester) and K. Nanou (European University Institute), “Economic crisis and public attitudes towards domestic and EU institutions in Greece, Portugal and Spain”
M. Matsaganis (Athens University of Economics & Business), “Economic crisis and welfare reform in Greece”
M. Clua-Losada (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona), “Spain’s goose chase: the flexibilisation of the labour market and the reduction of its public deficit under Zapatero’s presidency”
GPSG Fieldwork Competition Prize 2010
GREECE BEYOND THE CRISIS
As part of its Greece Beyond the crisis series, the Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) recently launched its first research fieldwork competition. Applications were sought for any type of fieldwork on any aspect of the complex economic and social crisis facing Greece.
Following a highly competitive field of applications and a rigorous selection process, the Executive Committee of the GPSG is delighted to announce that the winner of the £400 prize is
Ms Eleni Christodoulou
ESRC Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham.
Greek Politics and Passion(s):
Reconstituting National Identity in the Midst of Financial Crisis
The panel commended Ms Christodoulou on a very strong and topical bid with a transparent and robust framework, a feasible research timeframe and a clear link between the funding and the primary research. A report on the findings of this research project will be published under the GPSG’s Working Paper series in the summer of 2011.
GPSG Travel Grants for Young Scholars
The 4th LSE Hellenic Observatory PhD Symposium
on Contemporary Greece and Cyprus
London, 25 & 26 June 2009
October 2009: GPSG Announces Prize Winners
As part of its core mission of promoting systematic research, supporting young scholars and strengthening the ties between the UK and Greek academic communities, the Greek Politics Specialist Group has awarded two £200 prizes to young researchers who presented their work at the 4th Hellenic Observatory PhD Symposium at the London School of Economics.
Following June’s Call for Applications, we received a large number of applications, which were carefully reviewed by the GPSG panel. The standard was quite high and reaching a decision was not easy.
We are delighted to announce that the two winning papers are:
Manto Lampropoulou (School of Law, Economics & Political Sciences, Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Athens), “Public utilities reform in Greece: Privatization, market liberalization and implications for citizens as consumers”.
The panel was very impressed by the outstanding quality of Ms Lampropoulou’s work. The paper is well-researched and well-written and it puts forward a strong, persuasive and ultimately important argument.
Eleni Ganiti (School of History & Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), “The military dictatorship of April 1967 in Greece and its repercussion on the Greek visual arts scene”.
The panel particularly commended Ms Ganiti’s work for its originality and thorough documentation. Her paper constitutes a refreshing and informative perspective on an under-researched area and puts forward a clear and interesting argument.
The winning papers will be published on the Working Papers section of the GPSG website. The GPSG wishes to warmly congratulate both winners on their success.
Abstracts of winning papers
Public utilities reform in Greece:
Privatization, market liberalization and implications for citizens as consumers
Privatization and liberalization are the two complementary aspects of several reform projects in the field of public utilities. In Greece, since the mid-90’s, the telecommunications sector has undergone radical changes, responding to the new requirements of a market-oriented model, gradually introducing the privatization of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) and the opening of the state monopoly. An often neglected aspect of the reform is the implications for citizens as consumers. More “choice”, better quality and lower prices have been usually invoked as illustrations of the beneficial effects, under the general hypothesis of better performance. However, the “shift” is more intricate than the assumptions that a micro-economic perspective suggests.
This paper argues that the “citizen/consumer empowerment” is not a self-evident proposition of privatization or liberalization policies. It also proposes that the concept of citizens as consumers implies a selective –thus restricted- approach of the eventual benefit. The aim of the paper is to highlight the constraints and the pre-conditions of the “empowerment” argument, as well as to reveal potential asymmetries in terms of cost/benefit allocation of the reform outcomes.
The military dictatorship of April 1967 in Greece
and its repercussion on the Greek visual arts scene
The 21st of April, 1967 has been a portentous date in the history of modern Greece, as a group of right–wing army officers seized power, imposing a regime of military dictatorship, also known as the Regime of the Colonels or the Junta. The dictatorship came after a period of political instability in the country, intercepting the normal course of things at the political, social and economical sector. This kind of disorder could not leave the cultural life of the country unaffected. The imposing of the dictatorship had a strong impact on the evolution of the visual arts in Greece, mainly because it came at a time when Greek art, for the first time in the modern years, was finding its pace. The desire for synchronization with the international art was being finally fulfilled and for the first time Greek artists were part of the international avant guard. The visual arts scene was flourishing, the audience’s interest was growing and the future seemed promising and optimistic. Then the Junta came to interrupt this upswing. This paper explores:
i) the effects of the dictatorship on the Greek visual arts scene and the artistic production of the period
ii) the reaction of the art world
through exhibitions and works of Greek artists that were created and exhibited in the country during the seven years of the Military Regime.
GPSG Papers at the International Conference
“The Challenge of Reform in Greece, 1974-2009:
Assessment and Prospects”
8-10 May 2009, Yale University, USA
Theme: “The Politics of Reform in Greece and the Role of Europeanization”
Dr. Stella Ladi (Greek Ministry of the Interior & Sheffield University, UK), “Soft Europeanization and Institutional Reform: The Transfer of the Ombudsman Institution to Greece”
Dr. Dimitris Tsarouhas (Bilkent University), “Intentions, Policies, Impasse: PASOK and Welfare Reform in Greece”
IMAGES OF NATIONS: STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION,
SOFT POWER AND THE MEDIA
This international conference brought together leading academics and practitioners in order to examine the construction and management of nations’ images through such practices as media representation, public diplomacy, nation branding, soft power and strategic communications.
Joint Conference of the
French Politics and Policy, German Politics, Greek Politics, and Italian Politics Specialist Groups
“The Changing Constellation of the Enlarging EU”
23 January 2009, Durham University
Supported by the PSA’s Specialist Activities Fund
GPSG Papers at the Durham Conference:
Dr. Dimitris Tsarouhas (Assistant Professor, Bilkent University), “Turkey and the Future of EU Enlargement”
Dr. Stella Ladi (Public Policy Expert, Greek Ministry of the Interior), “Europeanization and Policy Transfer: A Comparative Study of Policy Change in Greece and Cyprus”
Dr. Diana Bozhilova (A.C. Laskaridis Research Fellow, Hellenic Observatory, LSE), “Bulgaria’s Accession, Industrial Restructuring and Greek FDI”
Vasilis Leontitsis (PhD Candidate, University of Sheffield), “Decentralising Greece Against the Background of the EU”
Greek Politics Specialist Group panel at the
20th World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA)
with the support of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
The 20th World Congress of the IPSA was held in Fukuoka, Japan, in July 2006. The theme of the conference was “Is Democracy Working?” and featured a number of important contributions from leading scholars.
The Greek Politics Specialist Group of the UK’s Political Studies Association convened a special panel on Greek politics, which featured three papers:
- “Civic Participation, Voting and Communication in Greek Democracy” by M. Zisouli, Dr. E. Apospori and Prof. G. Avlonitis (Athens University of Economics and Business)
- “Political Competition: The Case of Candidates” by Prof. Th. Chadjipadelis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
- “Differences in Voting Behavior” by Dr. I. Andreadis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki).
We would like to thank the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their kind and generous support, which was vital for our presence at the IPSA Congress in Japan.
Financial support for young scholars presenting at
The LSE Hellenic Observatory’s 2nd PhD Symposium on Modern Greece
The 2nd PhD Symposium of the Hellenic Observatory at the LSE’s European Institute took place on June 10th, 2005.
Following a thorough process of selection, the Greek Politics Specialist Group awarded three small grants to young scholars from regional Greece presenting papers at the Symposium. The three successful presenters were Maria Xenitidou (SEERC, Thessaloniki); Kyriakos S. Hatzaras (Ideologikon, Thessaloniki) and Vaso Papageorgiou (University of the Aegean).
The event itself was very successful with many interesting panels and papers, as well as three immensely enjoyable keynote speeches. In his opening plenary speech, Professor Stathis Kalyvas (Yale University) presented some interesting data regarding the make-up of political science faculties and departments in Greece. Prof. Nikolaos Zahariadis (University of Alabama at Birmingham) then demonstrated the contradictions and dilemmas of the ‘Macedonian Question’ and of Greek Foreign Policy. The Symposium concluded with a keynote speech by Prof. Nicos Mouzelis (LSE) who took the audience on a journey to modern and post-modern theorizing.
Many GPSG members attended and presented at the event, while the Group’s Convenor, Roman Gerodimos, also chaired a panel on domestic politics. The full text of the papers presented in the Symposium can be found on the Hellenic Observatory’s website.
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