Analysing Crisis Discourse in Greece: who should we blame?

Hosted by the Hellenic Observatory

CaƱada Blanch Room, COW.1.11, Cowdray House


Dr Stella Ladi

Dr Stella Ladi


Professor Kevin Featherstone

Professor Kevin Featherstone

This seminar analysed the differences in the variety of political rhetoric on structuring and legitimizing argumentation and strategies during periods of economic and political crisis.

Driven by developments in theory about blame-shifting and ‘exogenisation’ of the causes of crisis as well as employing advanced techniques of analysis, the seminar focused on the parliamentary bailout debates in Greece during the ‘crisis’ period (2009-2015). By means of Computer Assisted Content Analysis (CATA) the speaker will analyse the content of arguments which relate to blame shift.  It was shown that blame-shifting is much more complex that just blaming the external enemy and often takes the form of ‘historical blame shifting’, turning the blame to previous governments. It was revealed that party leaders often use a much more polemic discourse than Members of Parliament (MPs). Finally, it was shown that blame-shifting diminishes once a party comes to power following Mair’s (2009) representative versus responsible government argument.

Stella Ladi is a senior lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and an assistant professor at Panteion University in Athens. She previously worked as a lecturer at University of Sheffield and University of Exeter. She has also been a Research Fellow at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). She has acted as a public policy expert at the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of the Aegean, Greece. In July 2002 she completed her PhD thesis at the University of York.   Her research interests include the Eurozone crisis, public policy and public administration reforms, Europeanization, global public policy and transnational administration and the role of experts in public policy. She has published in journals such as JCMS, Policy & Society, Regulation & Governance, Public Administration, West European Politics, New Political Economy, Comparative European Politics and Political Studies Review. She is co-convenor of the Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) of the Political Studies Association (PSA).

Kevin Featherstone is Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics and Director of the Hellenic Observatory.

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