The Political Consequences of Intergenerational Inequality in Greece

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CaƱada Blanch Room COW 1.11 Cowdray House


Dr Spyros Kosmidis

Dr Spyros Kosmidis


Professor Kevin Featherstone

Professor Kevin Featherstone

The recent crisis in Greece revealed a large discrepancy between the wealth of younger compared to their parents’ generations. We argued that intergenerational inequality induces feelings of social deprivation and encourages attitudes such as victimhood. In this paper, we analyzed the attitudinal and political consequences of this pattern in Greece particularly with respect to how this phenomenon influences the way Greeks evaluate political institutions, elites and political parties. We drew our conclusions from an original survey experiment conducted in Greece.

Dr Spyros Kosmidis is a Departmental Lecturer at Oxford University. He studies public opinion, accountability and political representation and his work has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies and Party Politics.

Professor Kevin Featherstone is Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics. He is the Director of the Hellenic Observatory and Co-Chair of LSEE: Research on South-East Europe within the European Institute. He has held visiting positions at the University of Minnesota; New York University; and Harvard University.  Before LSE, he held academic posts at the universities of Stirling and Bradford.  In 2009-10 he served on an advisory committee to Prime Minister George Papandreou for the reform of the Greek government.  He was the first foreign member of the National Council for Research and Technology (ESET) in Greece, serving from 2010-2013.  He is Vice-Chair of the Academic Council of 'Atomium Culture', Brussels, a not-for-profit promoting collaboration within the European Research Area.  In 2013 he was made ‘Commander: Order of the Phoenix’ by the President of the Hellenic Republic.  In 2014, the European Parliament selected one of his books (co-authored with Kenneth Dyson) as one of its ‘100 Books on Europe to Remember’. He has contributed regularly to ‘Kathimerini’.

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