The Greek Financial Crisis as Viewed by American and Canadian Press

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Paper presented by Dr. Trevor Harrison, at the 6th Annual Sociology ATINER International Symposium (Athens Institute for Education and Research), May 8, 2012 in Athens, Greece.



Greece’s financial crisis has received considerable attention in the western media and elsewhere. This paper examines how the mainstream press in the United States and Canada has viewed (and therefore defined for their readers) the causes of the crisis and its solutions. The paper examines editorials, regular columns, and guest columns published during the two year period of the premiership of Georgios A. Papandreou (October 2009 to November 2011) in four leading newspapers: in the United States, the Washington Post and the New York Times; and in Canada, the National Post and the Globe and Mail. The paper concludes that the newspapers tended to concentrate on internal factors in Greece’s crisis and that much of the analysis was in the form of a morality play meant to argue that the welfare state is unsustainable.

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