October 31st from 12-2PM
Knox Hall Room 207
Ioannis N. Grigoriadis, Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair of European Studies at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Bilkent University, Turkey, will be discussing his new book, "Democratic Transition and the Rise of Populist Majoritarianism: Constitutional Reform in Greece and Turkey".
This comparative study explores the impact of populist majoritarianism on Greek and Turkish democratic transition. Using the case studies of Greece and Turkey, the author argues that while majoritarianism is often celebrated as a manifestation of popular sovereignty, it can undermine institutional performance. In cases of transition states where social capital is scarce and polarization is high, it can even upset the process of democratic consolidation, contributing to a confrontational and inefficient democratic regime. A “mild democracy” would require a calibrated system of checks and balances, trust- and consensus-building mechanisms. This book will be of use to students and scholars interested in the fields of Greek and Turkish politics, law and democratization.
Special offer - get 20% of the print book or ebook! Use code Grigoriadis17 on palgrave.com Valid 31/10/17 - 31/12/17