Events

Past Event

The Rising Tide of Populist Majoritarianism: Constitutional Reform in Greece and Turkey

May 10, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio-X Istanbul

Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul invites you to a conversation with the book's author Ioannis N. Grigoriadis ('02 IA), Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair of European Studies at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Bilkent University on "The Rising Tide of Populist Majoritarianism: Constitutional Reform in Greece and Turkey," on Thursday, May 10 at 6.30 pm at Columbia University's Studio-X Istanbul office.

*Copies of the book will be available for purchase on site.
**This event will be in English and followed by a cocktail reception.


About the Book

This comparative study explores the impact of populist majoritarianism on Greek and Turkish democratic transition. Using the case studies of Greece and Turkey, the author argues that while majoritarianism is often celebrated as a manifestation of popular sovereignty, it can undermine institutional performance. In cases of transition states where social capital is scarce and polarization is high, it can even upset the process of democratic consolidation, contributing to a confrontational and inefficient democratic regime. A “mild democracy” would require a calibrated system of checks and balances, trust- and consensus-building mechanisms. This book will be of use to students and scholars interested in the fields of Greek and Turkish politics, law and democratization.


Dr. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis ('02 IA) is Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair of European Studies at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Bilkent University. In the 2016-2017 academic year, he was a IPC-Stiftung Mercator Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin and a Stanley J. Seeger Research Fellow at Princeton University. During his postgraduate studies at the School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University, Dr. Grigoriadis focused on international energy management and policy and Middle Eastern studies. For more information, click here.