South European Politics and Primary Elections

A Symposium on “South European Politics and Primary Elections”
as part of the 20th Annual International Conference on Politics & International Studies
13-16 June 2022, Athens, Greece
Organized by the Politics & International Affairs Unit of ATINER
Sponsored by the
Athens Journal of Social Sciences

The Politics & International Affairs Unit of ATINER will hold a Symposium on “South European Politics and Primary Elections” as part of the 20th Annual International Conference on Politics & International Studies, 13-16 June 2022, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Social Sciences.

While the theme of the symposium is open, we would be particularly interested in What is the power of the masses in electing their leaders, as opposed to being influenced by vested interests, propaganda, and misinformation? This question has been inspired by an ongoing discussion in social media about the incapacity of peoples to break a downward spiral of corruption and poor leadership. What could other countries learn from the relatively recent elections in Moldova and Bulgaria? It is often said that people do not vote because all candidates are corrupt or otherwise inadequate; that people do not vote because they are discouraged. What can be done to change this behavior? Why potentially good leaders do not run for elected positions? What could persuade them to do so? You may participate as, presenter of one paper or observer.

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Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized, including a pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine-tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycenae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, a day trip to Delphi, and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by 2 May 2022 to: Dr. Constantin Colonescu, Academic Member, ATINER & Associate Professor, MacEwan University, Canada. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission. 

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. lead a stream, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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