Crisis, Authoritarian Neoliberalism, and the Return of “New Democracy” to power in Greece

  • Yiannis Mylonas
Keywords: Neoliberal authoritarianism, postmodern Far-Right, propaganda, racism, anticommunism, EU

Abstract

This article focuses on New Democracy (ND), Greece’s main conservative party, and its return to power in 2019. The study enquires into ND’s hegemonic strategy and governance. ND’s hegemonic strategy is grounded in both neoliberal and Far-Right premises. This enabled ND to create a hegemonic block that ranges from centrist liberals to far-rightists, while advancing an anti-leftist ideological project, connected to progressing upper- class interests. The ND administration unfolds an autocratic form of executive governance that is based on legislating class-related reforms, propaganda and effective control of the mainstream media, and coercive force. These features reflect the development of neoliberal authoritarianism in Greece, like elsewhere. They represent “the new form of bourgeois republic in the current phase of capitalism,” bearing the traits of autocracy, illiberalism, and Far-Right mainstreaming. The study deploys examples from ND’s political discourse and from policies that the ND administration has launched.

Author Biography

Yiannis Mylonas

Asssociate Professor of Cultural Studies and Media Sociology
Department of Media National Research University Higher School of Economics,
9/2 Maly Tryokhsvyatitelsky Pereulok, 109028, Moscow, Russia
E-mail: ymylonas@hse.ru

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Published
2021-01-20
How to Cite
MylonasY. (2021). Crisis, Authoritarian Neoliberalism, and the Return of “New Democracy” to power in Greece. Stasis, 10(2). Retrieved from http://stasisjournal.net/index.php/journal/article/view/180