Feeling the pulse of the Greek Debt Crisis: Affect on the web of blame

Tereza Capelos, Theofanis Exadaktylos

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This article examines the affective content of Greek media representations of the debt crisis, from 2009 to 2012. We analyze the content of opinion pieces from journalists, experts and public intellectuals published in Greek newspapers, and identify their affective tone towards political actors and institutions. We focus on anger, fear and hope, and identify blame attribution frames, which underpin the public’s trust and confidence in domestic and European Union institutions. This article contributes to the systematic understanding of the impact of the debt crisis as a traumatic event on public opinion, and considers its implications for attitudes towards European integration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-90
Number of pages18
JournalNational Identities
Issue number1
Early online date10 May 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 May 2016


  • Public opinion
  • debt crisis
  • Greece
  • emotions
  • blame attribution
  • European identity


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