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Cultures of Rioting and Anti-Systemic Politics in Southern Europe

Andronikidou, A. & Kovras, I. (2012). Cultures of Rioting and Anti-Systemic Politics in Southern Europe. West European Politics, 35(4), pp. 707-725. doi: 10.1080/01402382.2012.682342


The article investigates why, despite similar background conditions, Greece has been the site of frequent, highly visible, fringe, anti-system politics and street riots, while similar phenomena are rare in Spain. Although the article's focal point is the eruption of the December 2008 riots in Athens, it sheds light on the two countries' diverse social reactions to the sovereign debt crisis. Deploying the tool of media framing, it argues that historical legacies and political cultures matter. In the Greek case, the transition to democracy shaped a political 'culture of sympathy' towards acts of resistance to the state, a culture that has been institutionalised since the mid-1970s.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in West European Politics on 5 July 2012, available online:
Publisher Keywords: Riots, Greece, Spain, Political Culture, Framing
Subjects: J Political Science
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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