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Neo-Nazism in an Established Democracy: The Persistence of Golden Dawn in Greece
South European Society and Politics (2014)
  • Antonis A. Ellinas, University of Cyprus
Abstract
The literature predicts that extremist right-wing parties like the Greek Golden Dawn (GD) are doomed to stay in the margins of electoral competition, scaring away voters with their authoritarian views and violent tactics. Defying scholarly expectations and despite the criminal prosecution of its leadership, GD increased its electoral strength in the May 2014 European elections. The article contrasts the neo-Nazi GD with Western European radical right parties and examines the factors that facilitated the persistence of such an extreme political party in an established European democracy. It shows how GD managed to capitalise on the de-legitimation of Greek political institutions and, through its organisational activity, present itself as a socially legitimate anti-system alternative.
Keywords
  • Greece; Golden Dawn; Neo-Nazi Parties; Radical Right Parties; Anti-system Parties; Michaloliakos
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Publication Date
2014
Citation Information
Antonis A. Ellinas. "Neo-Nazism in an Established Democracy: The Persistence of Golden Dawn in Greece" South European Society and Politics (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/antonis_ellinas/15/