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Here you can explore past thematic article collections from South European Society and Politics.


Populism in Southern Europe

The rise of populism has become a major phenomenon in the last few years, attracting critical attention from academics, politicians, journalists and commentators. This collection of four articles focuses on the crisis-stricken region of Southern Europe, offering case studies from a range of national contexts...

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Post-austerity elections on the island of Cyprus

In much of Southern Europe, the eurozone crisis created an ‘electoral and government epidemic’ (Bosco and Verney 2016) with citizens’ discontent manifested through growing abstention and increased parliamentary fragmentation, the punishment…

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The Turkish Dual Elections of June 2018

Turkey is rapidly approaching presidential and parliamentary elections due on 24 June. The country has been in a long-standing electioneering mode with two parliamentary elections in 2015 followed by a constitutional referendum in 2017. The…

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SESP's Guide to the Radical Left in Southern Europe

“The economic crisis has brought the radical left to centre stage in Southern Europe. In 2015-16 the picture of government and opposition forces changed completely. In Greece a radical left party has become the senior partner in a coalition…

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Regime Change by Constitutional Amendment: Recent Referendums in Southern Europe

In December 2016 Italians voted on a constitutional reform to introduce a majoritarian-type democracy. On April 2017 Turkish voters were asked to endorse a proposal for a new executive presidency. Both referendums brought serious setbacks…

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SESP's Guide to the Spanish Elections

'On 26 June, for the first time since the end of Francoism, Spaniards will return to the polls because the parliament they elected on December 20, 2015 failed to invest a new government. Two general elections in just six months seem to…

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South European Society and Politics

A leading point of reference for scholars of Southern Europe, South European Society and Politics (SESP) promotes both comparative and inter-disciplinary analyses, as well as offering innovative single country and sub-national studies. The journal covers both “old” and “new” Southern Europe, focusing on Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and Turkey. It is open to scholars working in any of the major social science disciplines – notably, political science, political economy, sociology, social policy, social anthropology and socio-legal studies – as well as to those working in the field of contemporary history.

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South European Society and Politics Book Series

The South European Society and Politics Book Series promotes new empirical research into the domestic politics and society of South European states. Its geographical scope includes both ‘old’ and ‘new’ Southern Europe, defined as Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Malta and Turkey.

Series Editors:

Susannah Verney
Anna Bosco