Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science

Language Selection

Breadcrumb Navigation


Guillem Vidal, Ph.D.



Department of Political Science
Chair of Comparative Political Science
Oettingenstr. 67
80538 Munich

Room: H 105
Phone: 089 / 2180 - 9082


Office hours:
By arrangement.

Further Information

Research Focuses:

Party Competition, Voting Behaviour, Political Parties, Democracy and Representation, Political Conflict, Social Class, Political Attitudes

Dissertation Project: The Political Consequences of the Great Recession in Southern Europe

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI)

The Great Recession constituted a breaking point in several aspects of the cultural, economic and political life of southern European countries (i.e. Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain). This dissertation aims to shed light on the political consequences of the economic crisis in this region -with a specific focus on Spain as a paradigmatic case- by analysing different aspects of the political transformations that took place during the period of crisis. The underlying argument is that, albeit some relevant differences, the four countries experienced a common pattern: the incapacity of national politics to offer differentiated recipes to the deteriorating economic situation triggered a widespread crisis of representation that introduced new issues in the political agenda and drove the political transformations in these countries. The combination of a political and economic crisis at the national and European levels opened new political spaces that new parties capitalised by appealing to the need for democratic renewal and opposition to austerity politics. Furthermore, as illustrated by the Spanish case, and in particular the Catalan experience, the political crisis had far-reaching consequences beyond economic grievances, leading to the activation of different types of conflicts. Overall, the findings suggest that the transformations in the structure of political conflict in southern Europe in the aftermath of the Great Recession are not the by-product of a growing cultural divide -as is the case in several other continental and north-European countries-, but instead respond to the loss of credibility in the political system. Methodologically, the dissertation relies on an original dataset of media content as well as on several sources of survey data to test the empirical validity of the claims.

DFG-Project: European elections and political structuring. A comparative analysis

ERC-Project: Political Conflict in Europe in the Shadow of the Great Recession

Academic publications:

  • Hutter, Swen, Hanspeter Kriesi, and Guillem Vidal. “Old versus New Politics: The Political Spaces in Southern Europe in Times of Crises.” Party Politics 24, no. 1 (January 1, 2018): 10–22.
  • Vidal, Guillem. “Challenging Business as Usual? The Rise of New Parties in Spain in Times of Crisis.” West European Politics 41, no. 2 (March 4, 2018): 261–86.
  • Muro, Diego, and Guillem Vidal. “Political Mistrust in Southern Europe since the Great Recession.” Mediterranean Politics 22, no. 2 (April 14, 2016): 197–217.
  • Hutter, Swen, Guillem Vidal, and Argyrios Altiparmakis. “The Political Consequences of Europe’s Multiple Crises in a Comparative Perspective.” In Restructuring European Party Politics in Times of Crises, edited by Swen Hutter and Hanspeter Kriesi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • Vidal, G. & Sánchez-Vítores, Irene. 2018 "Out with the Old: Restructuring Spanish Politics" in Restructuring European Party Politics in Times of Crisis. eds. Swen Hutter and Hanspeter Kriesi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bremer, Björn, and Guillem Vidal. “From Boom to Bust: A Comparative Analysis of Greece and Spain under Austerity.” In Living Under Austerity: Greek Society in Crisis, edited by Evdoxios Doxiadis and Aimee Placas, 113–40. New York: Berghahn Books, 2018.

Google Scholar Profile

Research Gate Profile


European Journal of Political Research, Government and Opposition, Party Politics, South European Society and Politics, Social Indicators Research