Democratic Transition and the Rise of Populist Majoritarianism

Constitutional Reform in Greece and Turkey

  • Ioannis N. Grigoriadis

Part of the Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean book series (RTM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis
    Pages 1-12
  3. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis
    Pages 13-26
  4. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis
    Pages 27-40
  5. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis
    Pages 41-52
  6. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis
    Pages 53-72
  7. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis
    Pages 73-87
  8. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis
    Pages 89-98
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 99-106

About this book


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.


Democratic consolidation Authoritarianism Military regimes Procedural democracy Presidential regimes Parliamentary regimes Democratic regimes Democratization Greek politics Turkish politics Euro-Mediterranean studies AKP Initiative

Authors and affiliations

  • Ioannis N. Grigoriadis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Public AdministrationBilkent UniversityBilkent, AnkaraTurkey

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