Eftichia Teperoglou, Emmanouil Tsatsanis
Dealignment, De-legitimation and the Implosion of the Two-Party System in Greece: The Earthquake Election of 6th May 2012

Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties, 2014: 24, Heft 2, S. 222-242
ISSN: 1745-7289 (print); 1745-7297 (online)

This article examines the political effects of the global economic recession on Greece in the period from 2010 up to the last weeks of the campaign period for the national elections of 6 May 2012. Our objectives are threefold. First we seek to contextualize its impact and show how the Greek party system departed from the nearly three decades of stability after 2009 and entered a period electoral fluidity and dealignment. Second we identify the demographic and structural characteristics of that dealignment process. Finally we interpret and compare the effect of the economic crisis and other issues on vote choice in the 2012 general election.