Foreign policy change in a polarized two-party system: Greece and Turkey's EU candidacy

Chryssogelos, Angelos (2015) Foreign policy change in a polarized two-party system: Greece and Turkey's EU candidacy. Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 15 (1). pp. 19-36. ISSN 1468-3857

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This article aims to theorise about how dynamics of party competition influence government decisions to engage in foreign policy change. It shows how a focus on the functioning of polarized two-party competition in Greece in the late 1990s sheds light on crucial questions concerning the content, timing and institutionalization of Greece’s decision to allow the EU to grant Turkey candidate-member status. The article problematizes this foreign policy change as a decision influenced, among other factors, by the demands of party competition, and especially the strategy of the then ruling socialist party. More generally, this article shows how a focus on party politics complements in various interesting ways our understanding of foreign policy decisions and foreign policy change. Party system dynamics are shown to act as significant intervening factors between determinants of foreign policy usually analyzed in the literature and eventual foreign policy change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: foreign policy, foreign policy change, political parties, Greek-Turkish relations, party systems, polarization, PASOK, Greek foreign policy, Helsinki
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Angelos Chryssogelos
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 15:47
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 15:47


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