The police and the far right in Greece: a case study of police voting behaviour in Athens

Georgios Papanicolaou*, Ioannis Papageorgiou

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The electoral advance of the far right party of Golden Dawn has left a clear mark on the Greek parliamentary elections of 2012. A less debated aspect of these results involves the extent of the electoral influence of Golden Dawn among police personnel. Using electoral data from two districts in Greece’s capital city, this paper explores the extent of that influence among major front line police units based in those localities. Our analysis obtains clear indications that Golden Dawn’s presence has been much more emphatic among police personnel than among the general public. These results warrant further exploration of this development, particularly in light of the possibility that far-right ideology may influence the character of everyday policing in Greece and the use of police discretion at the detriment of vulnerable or politically undesirable groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-419
Number of pages23
JournalCrime, Law and Social Change
Volume66
Issue number4
Early online date16 Sep 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

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