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About Sappho Xenakis


Sappho Xenakis is Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London. Her research explores the intersections between international and national ‘non-traditional’ security concerns, with a particular focus on policy and practice in the fields of transnational organised crime, political violence, and corruption. In addition to the co-edited volume Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Greece: International Comparative Perspectives, her published work on Greece addresses trends in political violence, urban security challenges, policy against organised crime, normative hybridity and perceptions of corruption, and patterns of state and public punitiveness from a political economy perspective.

Articles by Sappho Xenakis

This week’s World Forum for Democracy 2017 editors

Georgios Kolliarakis

Georgios Kolliarakis political scientist, is a senior researcher at the University of Frankfurt.

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Introducing this week’s theme: Media, parties and populism.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Golden Dawn arrests: a victory for democracy in Greece?

The Greek government has finally launched action against Golden Dawn, a far-right party long tainted by its association with violence. But the timing of this action casts doubt on the depth of the government’s commitment to countering far-right violence in the country.

Violent extremism in Greece: focusing on the far-right

Rising xenophobia amongst the public has supported the impunity tacitly accorded by the state to far-right violence.  

The politics of crime and the financial crisis in Greece

The exasperation of the domestic public has placed significant pressure on Greek politicians to put a halt to treating elite corruption with impunity. Unfortunately this has been pressure which they have proved overwhelmingly able to resist, notwithstanding the indictment of a former Minister of Defence in 2012. As a result the blame has fallen elsewhere

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