Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos
Visiting Fellow, Summer 2019
Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos is professor of political science at the University of Athens (on leave 2018-2019). In September 2018-May 2019 he was Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University and Visiting Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy teaching political science courses. Dimitri received his Ph.D. with distinction from Yale University in 1991. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, St. Antony's College, Oxford and Sciences Po, Paris. He has published 6 books and edited or co-edited 7 volumes in English and Greek. He serves on the editorial board of the journals South European Society and Politics, Journal of Mediterranean Politics, South East European and Black Sea Studies, and The Hellenic Review of Political Science.
This is a comparative political science project on the strategies used by elected governing elites to control political institutions and processes in representative democracies in Europe today, with an emphasis on contemporary Greece and other South East European democracies. With regard to Greece, research pertains to the impact of the economic crisis on the quality of democracy in 2010-2019. With regard to post-communist Balkan democracies, the empirical cases of this project are political regimes which have not slid into competitive authoritarianism. The project will explore how semi-consolidated or unevenly consolidated democracies backslide, stopping short of becoming competitive authoritarian regimes. For this purpose, I will use data already collected through personal interviews as well as public opinion surveys and official statistical data, reports of international organizations and secondary sources available at the Firestone Library of Princeton University.