English title: Who Protests in Greece? Mass Opposition to Austerity

Author(s): Wolfgang Rüdig - Georgios Karyotis -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2014


The widespread opposition to unprecedented austerity measures in Greece provides a unique opportunity to study the causes of mass protest. This article reports the results of a survey of the adult population in which two-thirds of the respondents supported protest and 29 per cent reported actual involvement in strikes and/or demonstrations during 2010. Relative deprivation is a significant predictor of potential protest, but does not play any role in terms of who takes part in strikes or demonstrations. Previous protest participation emerges as a key predictor of actual protest. This study seeks to place these results within a comparative context, contrasting Greece with other countries facing similar challenges, and discusses the implications for the future of austerity politics.

Volume: 44

Issue: 3

From page no: 487

To page no: 513

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1017/S0007123413000112

Journal: British Journal of Political Science