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The people in the ‘here and now’: Populism, modernization and the state in Greece

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-487
Number of pages15
Issue number4
Early online date7 Sep 2017
Accepted/In press1 Jan 2017
E-pub ahead of print7 Sep 2017


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The term ‘populism’ has gained renewed prominence in Greece during the Eurozone crisis, in both public and academic debates. In this article I conceptualize populism as a discourse of territorial and temporal particularism, which challenges the way a state has been incorporated into the international political and economic system. Based on this definition, I question whether oppositional discourses employed by partisan actors or official power are wholesale and genuine expressions of populism. Thus, I contest the notion that Greece failed due to populism. Instead I draw attention to a failure in the official legitimation of modernization by state elites that long preceded the crisis.

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