Democratic Transition in Greece

  • Ioannis N. GrigoriadisEmail author
Part of the Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean book series (RTM)


Since its independence in 1830, Greece’s path towards democratic consolidation has been non-linear and uneven. Following the collapse of the 1967–1974 military regime, a new democratic constitution was promulgated in 1975. Parliamentary debates on the constitutional draft reflected different approaches on the question of majoritarianism between the parties that would dominate Greek politics, New Democracy and PASOK. Despite its radical rhetoric, the rise of PASOK to power in 1981 did not question Greece’s membership of Western organizations and NATO and did not affect the harmonious cooperation between the president and the prime minister.


PASOK New democracy Karamanlis Papandreou Venizelos Civil war 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Public AdministrationBilkent UniversityBilkent, AnkaraTurkey

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