The Case of the Far-Right and Far-Left in Greece: understanding online political networks

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CaƱada Blanch Room COW 1.11 Cowdray House


Dr Lamprini Rori

Dr Lamprini Rori


Professor Kevin Featherstone

Professor Kevin Featherstone

In this research seminar, Dr Lambrini Rori examined the connectivity among online political networks in Greece, mainly the case of far-right and far-left. 

Radicalisation, polarisation and fragmentation have dominated Greek politics and society during the financial crisis, which functioned as a political opportunity for new and radical political actors and movements. The social media have served as significant instruments of diffusion for protest and indignation. This  seminar which is based on a paper examined the connectivity among political networks on Twitter. We explored dynamics inside and between the far right and the far left, as well as the relation between the structure of the network and the sentiment. The 2015 Greek political context offers a unique opportunity to investigate political communication in times of political intensity and crisis. We explored interactions inside and between political networks on Twitter in the run up to the elections of three different ballots: the parliamentary election of 25 January, the bailout referendum of 5 July, the snap election of 20 September; we then compared political action during campaigns with that during routinised politics.

Dr Lamprini Roriis a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Exeter. She has previously been a Leventis Fellow in Modern Greek Studies at SEEOX, St Antony’s and a Marie Curie (Intra-European) Fellow at Bournemouth University. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne. She also holds a BA in International and European Studies from the University of Macedonia, an MA in Political Sociology and Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris and an MA in Political and Social Communications from Paris I University. She currently is the Principal Investigator of the Hellenic Observatory LSE grant “Low-intensity violence in crisis-ridden Greece. Evidence from the radical right and the radical left”, Early Career Fellow at the British School at Athens and Press Officer of the Greek Politics Specialist Group of the PSA. She has published extensively on Greek elections and parties, the European far-right and the rise of right-wing extremism, parties of the radical left. Her articles appear, among others, in Electoral Studies, Party Politics, West European Politics, Pôle Sud.

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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