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Residency Dates: September 4, 2018 – May 18, 2019


Dimitri Sotiropoulos

Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos is professor of political science at the University of Athens. He received his Ph.D. with distinction from Yale University in 1991. Sotiropoulos serves on the editorial board of academic journals including South European Society and Politics, European Political Science Review, Journal of Mediterranean Politics, South East European and Black Sea Studies, and The Greek Review of Political Science.

At CES, Sotiropoulos will analyze the strategies of governing elites in European contemporary European democracies to control political institutions and counter institutional innovation, resulting in the backsliding of representative democracy. He will focus on democracies in the Western Balkans at various stages of integration into the European Union.

This information is accurate for the time period that the affiliate is affiliated with CES.


  • Professor of Political Science, University of Athens
  • Visiting Scholar 2018-2019, CES, Harvard University


  • Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos, co-ed Dimitris Katsikas and Maro Zafeiropoulou. Socioeconomic Fragmentation and Exclusion in Greece under the Crisis (London: Palgrave Macmillan 2018).
  • Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos, "How the quality of democracy deteriorates: Populism and the backsliding of democracy in three West Balkan countries", Sciences Po- LIEPP working paper no. 67, Paris, June 2017.
  • Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos, co-ed Jennifer Clarke and Asteris Huliaras. Αusterity and the Third Sector in Greece: Civil Society at the European Frontline, (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015).

Research Project

Democracy's backsliding and democratic innovations in European democracies


Sociology and Political Science