Austerity’s contribution to political convergence: Italy and Greece

fses20.v018.i04.coverIn their ‘Living Parallel Lives: Italy and Greece in an Age of Austerity’, South European Society and Politics (2013, vol.18, 3: 397-426) available free online, Susannah Verney and Anna Bosco track the ways in which the politics of Italy and Greece have come to resemble each other in recent years. Given the imminent Greek elections and the potentially far-reaching ramifications for the European Union of a victory by the Greek leftwing party Syriza, the analysis is particularly useful in identifying the apparently fundamental changes in the personnel and parties which dominate both political scenes. The authors are sure that these changes are part of a transition but are unclear as to what new kind of normal service might resume at its end-point.

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