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Surprising Elections in Exciting Times? Of Proxies and Second-Order Events in the 2014 European Election in Cyprus
South European Society and Politics (2015)
  • Giorgos Charalambous, Dr
  • Bambos Papageorgiou, European University Cyprus
  • Adonis Pegasiou, University of Cyprus
Abstract
The concept of second-order national elections has generated a rich literature, but its
universality, in particular its predominance in contexts affected by shocks, has not been
sufficiently studied. The 2014 election to the European Parliament in the Republic of
Cyprus, taking place one year after an European Union/International Monetary Fund
bailout, could be classified as one of the most puzzling contests in the history of secondorder
elections. The incumbent party, Democratic Rally (DISY), was not punished, despite
the harsh economic environment in the country, while protest voting affected the
opposition more. Abstention was exceptional, indicating a delegitimisation of the political
system. Moreover, the micro-level analysis reveals that the decision to vote or abstain was
driven by attitudes towards both domestic institutions on the one hand and European/
international institutions on the other.
Keywords
  • EU/IMF Bailout European Parliament Elections 2014 Cyprus Second-Order Elections Model Economic Crisis Abstention
Publication Date
2015
Citation Information
Giorgos Charalambous, Bambos Papageorgiou and Adonis Pegasiou. "Surprising Elections in Exciting Times? Of Proxies and Second-Order Events in the 2014 European Election in Cyprus" South European Society and Politics Vol. 20 Iss. 3 (2015) p. 403 - 424
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/giorgos/29/