The Republic of Cyprus’ social and political culture is deeply partitocratic, with a close relationship between state apparatus and the parties that influence the government’s decisions. However, little is known about the social and political implications of the above traits, and even less about how parties influence and are influenced by society at large.
The concept of linkage, which refers to the linking of citizens with government and the political process, is vital in the study of the electoral or ideological considerations of parties. Parties’ decisions regarding their organization and image correlates with the effort made to keep up with public opinion. Party-Society Relations in the Republic of Cyprus adds a new dimension to the study of linkage, considering the complexity of civil society as well as exploring the dynamics of political parties. Bringing together specialists from a range of disciplines, it examines the wider effects of partitocracy on democracy and uses it as a frame for exploring the construction, maintenance or deformation of links between social groups and parties. Through its analysis of both the partisan and societal aspects of party-social relations, it illuminates larger questions concerning the strategic complexity involved when politics and society interact.
Approaching the Republic of Cyprus as a representative case study of partitocratic political culture, this book is a key resource for those interested in party and civil society politics, as well as Cypriot, Mediterranean and South-East European politics.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction Giorgos Charalambous and Christophoros Christophorou SECTION I– PARTY STRATEGIES TOWARDS SOCIETY Chapter 2 The Cypriot Communists Between Protest and the Establishment: A Second Look at AKEL’s Linkages with Society Giorgos Charalambous and Christophoros Christophorou Chapter 3 DISY’s Linkages with Society: Diverse and Diversified Yiannos Katsourides Chapter 4 Empty Vessels? The Center Parties' Linkages with Society Vassilis Protopapas SECTION II – SOCIETAL STRATEGIES TOWARDS PARTIES Chapter 5 Business Groups Strategies Vis à Vis political Power: invisible dimensions of linkage Andreas Panayiotou Chapter 6 The Connection between Trade Unions and Political Parties in Cyprus Gregoris Ioannou Chapter 7 Sexual Politics – Party Politics: The Rules of Engagement in the Case of Cyprus Nayia Kamenou SECTION III – CROSS-CASE PERSPECTIVES Chapter 8 The Cyprus Conflict and Party–Society Relations: Between Ethno-nationalism and Peace Formation Birte Vogel Chapter 9 Communication and Interactions Between Parties and Youth Organisations in Cyprus Dimitris Trimithiotis Chapter 10 The Migration Question, Political Parties and the Cypriot State of Dissensus Nicos Trimikliniotis Conclusions Partitocracy and Democracy in Cyprus: Concluding Reflections and Questions Paschalis Kitromilides
Giorgos Charalambous is Senior Research Consultant at the Cyprus Centre of the Peace Research Institute Oslo and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Cyprus.
Christophoros Christophorou studied Education in Nicosia and Paris and Political Science in Athens and Lille. His research and publications focus on Cyprus political parties and electoral behaviour, and media regulation.