Spyros Sakellaropoulos

Spyros Sakellaropoulos
Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences · Department of Social Policy

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1949, θα βρει τη συντηρητική δεξιά νικήτρια, την κομμουνιστική αριστερά νικημένη και το Στρατό, λόγω της καθοριστικής συμμετοχής του στην τελική έκβαση του πολέμου, αλλά και λόγω της ειδικής βαρύτητας ακροδεξιών και αντικομμουνιστικών ιδεολογημάτων, στη διαμόρφωση της κυρίαρχης ιδεολογίας, να επιτυγχάνει την ανεξαρτησία του, έναντι των υπολοίπων κέ...
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In the course of the third Crusade Richard the LionheartRichard the Lionheart occupied Cyprus (1191), which was under disintegrating Byzantine administration, as was all of the once-powerful Byzantine Empire.
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If the factors that led to the cession of Cyprus to the British Empire in 1878 are to become comprehensible, one must take into account the more general geographical and military context of the time.
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The period of OttomanOttomans occupation is characterized by the predominance of the Asiatic mode of productionAsiatic mode of production, a mode of production quite different from the corresponding feudalFeudal mode of production that had enjoyed supremacy during the periods of Venetian and Frankish rule, but consonant with what had been imposed t...
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What I have attempted to show in this book is that there are two very basic parameters that should be part of any attempt to make the political, economic and social development of Cyprus over the centuries into something comprehensible.
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The decisive issue influencing the Cypriot question in the 1930s was the 1931 revolt. But in relation to what happened during the revolt of the Greek Cypriots through October 1931 we should underline the importance of a host of social factors in what followed. They include: (a) the social and economic disparities entailed in British rule which, des...
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The Second World War strengthened the tendencies towards dismantling the traditional structures of the Cypriot economy both by virtue of the growing demand for commodities because of the increased presence of the British army on the island and because of the initiation of significant infrastructural works (military and agricultural).
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The imposition of the memoranda on Greece triggered dynamic reactions from the subordinate classes, rapid changes in the political scene and creation of the impression in the Western world that in Greece the possibility was emerging of profound radical changes, particularly after the coming to power of SYRIZA as the new Greek government. Employing...
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Implementation of the memorandum policies has increased social inequalities, imposed material deprivation on a large proportion of the population, greatly reduced wages and pensions, worsened employment conditions, spurred unemployment, downgraded healthcare conditions, reduced population and increased immigration. But, there was also a category of...
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The profound economic crisis which has convulsed Greek society since 2009 is linked to the global crisis of the international economy, starting with the collapse of Lehman Brothers in the United States in 2008. The global crisis is related to the fact that despite the various plans opted for (initially a continuation of Keynesianism, then the adopt...
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SYRIZA’s retreat was justified through its having formed the view that through a line of compromise developed in the course of the negotiations it would induce the lenders to adopt a “milder” handling of the memorandum policy and a restructuring of the debt. But, this would not become feasible because the international economic elite did not wish t...
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The 2008 global crisis was a result of the fact that since the previous crisis of 1973 and its aftermath it has not been possible to return to the previous levels of profitability; however, many different methods have been tried (salary reduction, adoption of new norms in labour relations, utilization of new technologies and financialization of eco...
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Greek borrowing was implemented through the adoption of three memoranda and eight packages of measures. These packages included actions such as lowering the minimum wage, decreasing pensions and public sector wages, abolition of the 13th and 14th salaries and the 13th and 14th pensions, increases in value-added tax (VAT), higher indirect taxation,...
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Social responses to the policy of the memoranda comprise on the one hand social mobilizations (those that have developed include demonstrations, strikes, the squares movements, occupation of buildings housing public institutions) and the forms of social solidarity that have emerged (trade without intermediaries, time banks, social solidarity clinic...
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As a side effect of the crisis, there was a radical transformation of the party system. It did not make itself felt in the local government elections of autumn 2010 because up until that time people thought the situation would not worsen. After the passage of the second Memorandum, however, there was a rapid change in the relations between parties....
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The institutional transformations in the Greek state should be seen in the light of wider—indeed global—changes in the nature of the state. It is a process that was initiated many years ago: Poulantzas called it authoritarian statism. It has to do with limiting the remit of representative institutions. The beginning of the new century was marked by...
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Implementation of the memorandum policies has increased social inequalities, imposed material deprivation on a large proportion of the population, greatly reduced wages and pensions, worsened employment conditions, spurred unemployment, downgraded healthcare conditions, reduced population and increased immigration. But there was also a category of...
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The basic problem of the Greek economy was not either the public sector being too large or salaries too high or working hours too short, given that none of this corresponds to reality. On the contrary, the Greek crisis results from a convergence of two factors. On the one hand, the growth model that had been in application up to that point (relativ...
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The economic crisis brought about significant changes in the country’s social stratification. Sections of the bourgeoisie either disappeared altogether due to bankruptcy of their businesses or were relegated to petty bourgeois status given the contraction of their economic activities, a fact which had led to the growth of the traditional petty bour...
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The aim of this article is to present and criticize Althusser’s and Poulantzas’s key positions on the State and its mechanisms. To begin with there is a discussion on the notion that the State is an aggregation of ideological and repressive apparatuses and on the position according to which the State is an instrument. This is followed by a rejectio...
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Drawing on primary material from the Soviet archives, this article considers the attitude of the Communist Party of Cyprus (CPC) to the failed revolt of 1931 against British colonialism. The CPC's contradictions and shortcomings are exposed through outlining the course of the revolt, along with a presentation of the Comintern's position on these ev...
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This book reviews the profound transformation to the Greek political economy in recent years and considers the reasons that have led to this transformation. Further, the author explores the social experimentation and social diversity that evolved as a result of the Greek and international economic crises. By challenging various assumptions made abo...
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This article presents a critique of the thesis positing the emergence of a transnational bourgeoisie and transnational state as outlined in the work of William Robinson. Given the Marxist character of Robinson's views, the present critique shares common ground methodologically, rejecting, however, notions such as so‐called globalization or exploita...
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This article serves to present one of the basic ideological by-products of so-called “globalization”: the theory of Cosmopolitan Democracy (CD) outlining its basic assertions and to criticize them. Our main position is that despite its ostensibly innovatory problematic, it essentially comprises nothing more than acceptance of a “progressive” variet...
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The nature of the European Communities/European Union has been extensively analyzed in mainstream studies of International Relations, but has not aroused comparable interest among Marxist theorists. Study of the historical course of the European Communities/European Union must focus on the elements that contributed to shaping it from its foundation...
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This article examines the structure of contemporary society of the Republic of Cyprus in the theoretical context of the Marxist model. The decisive role in determining social stratification at the theoretical level is assigned to the concepts of exploitation and domination. The problematic of the article is opposed to notions supporting an over-inf...
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The concept of imperialism has returned to political and theoretical debates. But there are open theoretical questions. In opposition to treating imperialism in terms of a territorial logic, we insist on the nonterritorial character of capitalist imperialism. We go back to Lenin's theoretical contribution to a possible Marxist theory of imperialism...
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This study gives an outline—by period—of the most basic social policy measures and health and welfare programs of the Venizelist political center. The periodization involves a breakdown of the above-mentioned policy into three separate phases whose distinguishing characteristics are then outlined—namely, the first period from 1910 to 1916 where the...
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The social explosion of December 2008 in Greece represented a postscript from the future. In a country where the consequences of the global economic crisis had already begun to make themselves felt — in conjunction with the collapse of a specific model for integration into the global division of labor — it had become evident that the younger genera...
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The deficit and public debt crisis in Greece, part of the expansion of the global crisis through the countries of the Economic and Monetary Union, raises questions about the existence of a common currency for national formations with different productivity, the specific role of financial capital in the overall conjuncture, and the maintenance of th...
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The aim of this article is to illustrate why the notions of mode of production and of social formation are still necessary for understanding the transformations taking place in the modern phase of imperialism. The basic object is to demonstrate the enduring significance of the Leninist theory of imperialism as a method used to analyse the current e...
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Elements of a Marxist theory of imperialism can help explain current U. S. foreign policy as a hegemonic imperialist project. Contrary to the American decline thesis, after the collapse of the Soviet bloc the United States managed to retain its hegemonic position in the imperialist chain. This was based on an imperialist strategy that combined full...
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In contrast to current notions of globalization having resulted in a diminution of state sovereignty, capitalism is better able to reproduce itself within a national formation. There is thus no such thing as global capitalism but merely imperialism, i.e., an uneven articulation of national formations. Within this framework the state and its mechani...
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