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The politics of elite transformation : the consolidation of Greek democracy in theoretical perspective /
Neovi M. Karakatsanis.
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Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2001.
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x, 215 p.
ISBN
0275970353 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2001.
isbn
0275970353 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
4419812
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Neovi M. Karakatsanis is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, South Bend and Fellow of the Southern European Research Group, Princeton University.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2002-07-01:
The fall of communism has sparked considerable interest in patterns of democratic transition, resulting in a number of scholarly works during the 1990s. This study focuses on attitudes, contextual factors, and elite perspectives in contemporary Greece before and after the military coup. It is an attempt to relate the Greek experience to theories of democratic transition that have been developed in other regional contexts. The study is an expanded version of a doctoral thesis completed at Ohio State University. Portions of the material had appeared previously in Armed Forces and Society. The book contains a valuable, extensive bibliography of English and Greek sources. Upper-division undergraduates and above. V. McHale Case Western Reserve University
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'œ...an ambitious and innovative study of the processes of democratization evident in Greece after 1974...The book serves...as both a general introduction to the turbulent history of the period and a useful source for comparitive analysis of democratization processes. The book is highly accessible and readable. With these qualities it is likely to become the definitive account of the transition to democracy in Greece. Many scholars and students will benefit from it.'' Comparative Politics
"The Politics of Elite Transformation is an outstanding piece of scholarship; rich in theory and meticulous in substance. Karakatsanis has written the definitive book on the politics of democratic consolidation in contemporary Greece. Comprehensive, clear, systematic, and thoroughly researched, the volume fills a significant void. It will be of great value to professionals and students alike." - Constantine P. Danopoulos Professor of Political Science San Jose State University
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Summaries
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Karakatsanis analyzes the processes through which a stable, consolidated, and fully democratic regime was brought into existence in the 1970s and early 1980s in Greece. She focuses primarily on the roles played by political elites during and in the decade after the transition to democracy. Recognizing that elites do not act within a political vacuum, however, she undertakes the analysis of elite interactions paying careful attention to the relevant social, cultural, and international contexts, and to the linkages between elites and their respective social and political groups.
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Kkarakatsanis analyzes the processes through which a stable, consolidated, and fully democratic regime was brought into existence in the 1970s and early 1980s in Greece. Focusing primarily on the roles played by political elites during and in the decade after the transition to democracy, she analyzes how Greece moved from a long history of political instability and elite disunity to a consolidated democratic regime to which all major political actors were loyal and committed. Four distinct transformations which forged the consensual unity required to establish a stable and consolidated democratic regime in Greece are rigorously and systematically examined: First, the modernization of the right from a questionable commitment to democracy before the 1967 dictatorship to a fully democratic stance in the post- 1974 period; second, the moderation of the communist left, which went from engaging in anti-democratic oppositional tactics for much of its history to loyalty towards the new democratic regime; third, the moderation of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement which went from a seemingly semi-loyal stance in the formative years of the transition to one of full loyalty once in the government; and fourth, the transformation of the military's attitudes and behavior, which led it to retreat from political involvement and to submit itself to civilian control. Recognizing that elites do not act within a political vacuum, however, she also analyzes elite interaction while paying careful attention to the relevant social, cultural, and international contexts, and to the linkages between elites and their respective social and political groups. Of particular interest to scholars and other researchers involved with contemporary politics in Southern Europe as well as democratic consolidation, elites, and political parties.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
From Transition to Democracy: Greece in Theoretical Perspectivep. 1
Political Instability and Breakdown, 1909-1967p. 23
Models of Democratic Transition and Consolidation Processes: Greece in Comparative Perspectivep. 45
Contagion from the Right: Conservative Moderation in Greecep. 69
Contagion from the Left: The Moderation of the Greek Communistsp. 97
Taming the Green Guard: The Moderation of the Panhellenic Socialist Movementp. 123
Do Attitudes Matter? The Moderation of the Greek Militaryp. 151
Achieving the Golden Mean: The Complex Dynamics of Elite Consensual Unityp. 173
Bibliographyp. 187
Indexp. 209
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