Bras. Political Sci. Rev.2016;10(2):e0010.
Political Representation in Times of Bailout: Evidence from Greece and Portugal
It is a commonplace among political scientists to assume that economy matters! Different theoretical perspectives of the discipline have committed themselves to finding the links between the economic and the political phenomena. One way of investigating this relationship is through systematic empirical studies that seek to control the effects of different economic factors on the explanation of political phenomena. It is this what the work organized by André Freire, Marco Lisi, Ioannis Andreadis and José Manuel Leite Viegas proposes to do.
Taking the economic crisis that first hit the United States in 2008, and soon after reached Europe as starting point, and taking the comparison between the Portuguese and the Greek cases as empirical object, the authors investigate the impact of the crisis (and the responses to it) on issues such as: changes in political representation standards (central dimension of the work) and the relationship between the crisis and the political legitimacy, as well as the analysis of more specific issues such as the impact of the crisis on forms of conducting election campaigns and on the ideological space.