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Tsipras and the rhetorical speech as policy

Tsipras und der rhetorische Diskurs als Politik
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Kotroyannos, Dimitrios

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Corporate Editor University of Crete, Department of Political Science
Abstract It is the first time after the restoration of democracy in Greece that such a U-turn has been conducted. The radical, unconventional and extreme rhetoric against harsh austeritywas sharply transformed into a tactical retreat in order to supposedly support more effectively the public interest. SYRIZA, a heterogeneous alloy of leftist tendencies, treated the popular anger and resentment towards harsher austerity measures in order to achieve electoral rise. Consequently, it was rapidly transformed from a small – protest – party into a power party. In this instance, it transformed, without moral curb, citizens’ despair into an extreme rhetoric which defended their “rights” in order to rise to power. Namely, SYRIZA treated instrumentally the expectations of the desperate as a means to rise to power in order to benefit the party but not for the whole society.
Keywords Greece; austerity policy; political left; populism; political power; power politics; tax policy
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords political fetischism
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
City Rethymnon
Page/Pages 12 p.
Status Primary Publication; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial