In search of a new paradigm
The great economic recession of the previous decade has served as a motive to start a conversation regarding the goals, priorities and tools of economic policy. The pandemic fuelled the need for this conversation, by challenging dogmas and questioning one-way solutions.
The goals of our Economic Justice project are -among other things- to analyse the tendencies of the global as well as the Greek economy, trace the forming perceptions regarding economic policy and create a space for dialogue on alternative economic thinking.
The project started in January 2022. Email: email@example.com
What are the citizens’ beliefs regarding the economy, social justice, values, ideologies, institutions and the State? How has the pandemic affected those beliefs? What mark have policies applied during this past decade left in our social conscience? Eteron’s research intends to find answers to those questions.
This is Eteron’s first wide scale research, part of the “Economic Justice: In Search of A New Paradigm” project.
It was conducted by aboutpeople in a nation-wide level in December 2021. The scientific advisor for the research was Gerasimos Moschonas, professor of Political Science at Panteion University.
Right from the start, our aim was to document as accurately as possible the people’s beliefs, in order to produce primary scientific knowledge that could fuel experts’ analysis as well as a potential dialogue within society. Our intent is to shed light on reality, rather than confirming our own “truth”.
The research contains130 variables and 1659 people participated in it (1220 online and 429 over the phone), thus making it impossible to summarise in just a few lines. This is why we chose to share all its findings, that spread over 504 pages, with you at Eteron’s website. Also on our website you can find the scientific advisor Gerasimos Moschonas’ full reference list as well as the one by aboutpeople’s political analyst, Petros Ioannidis.
Regarding the research’s conclusions, Gerasimos Moschonas stated:
“The core and at the same time common conclusion that this research reached, namely that the Greek population’s financial and values’ profile is mixed and self-contradictory, is accompanied by a new trend: state-oriented (or anti-neoliberal) views and convictions have gained significant ground. Given that for the past 30 years at least, economic neoliberalism keeps a small yet steady lead (a lead – not dominance or reign), the boost of social-democratic and leftist economic policies – if not proved to be circumstantial due to the pandemic- balances out the interrelation of ideas and values within Greek society.”
We believe that all research is open to different interpretations. This is why on Eteron’s website you will find commentary by:
Dimitris Papadimitriou, Reader in European Politics in the School of Social Sciences (Politics) at the University of Manchester and Co- Director of the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence & Kevin Featherstone, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor in Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor in European Politics and Director of the Greek Observatory.
Xenia Chrysochoou, professor of Social and Political Psychology at Panteion University
Sotiria Theodoropoulou, senior researcher at European Trade Union Institute for Research (ETUI)
Coming up on Eteron’s website, there’ll be more comments on our research that will help us start a broad dialogue that will hopefully fuel our reflection process.