Government-Opposition in Southern European Countries during the Financial Crisis

Great Recession, Great Cooperation?

Catherine Moury (Editor/Coordinator), Elisabetta de Giorgi (Editor/Coordinator)

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As a result of the financial crisis, opposition parties have had to choose between the need to cooperate with the majority in order to contribute to necessary socio-economic changes, and the opportunity to stress their adversarial position vis-à-vis governments taking radical and unpopular measures.

This book examines how opposition parties address this dilemma. It relies on a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the behaviour of the opposition parties in parliament, in light of the socio-economic issues that have arisen in recent years. It focuses in particular on the impact that the economic malaise has had on the government-opposition dynamics in the four southern European democracies most acutely hit by the crisis: Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain, as well as in the European Parliament. Each chapter utilizes a combination of empirical data analysis and qualitative process-tracking to understand the opposition parties’ complicated choice between supporting and dissenting.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Legislative Studies.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages144
ISBN (Print)9781138086630
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameLibrary of Legislative Studies


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