Dr Theofanis Exadaktylos

Research Interests

Current research interests include Europeanization of foreign policy, politics of austerity, issues of policy implementation and political trust, the current Eurozone crisis from the perspective of the rise in populism.


Autumn Semester

POL2027 - Approaches to Research

POLM009 - Introduction to Research

POLM015 - Key Issues in International Relations

Spring Semester:

POL2029 - Comparative Politics and Government

POLM011 - Research in Practice

Departmental Duties

Postgraduate Taught Programmes Director


  • American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)
  • International Association for the Study of German Politics (IASGP)
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Political Studies Association (PSA)
  • Midwestern Political Science Association (MPSA)
  • University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)
  • Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) of the PSA
  • Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics

Dr. Theofanis Exadaktylos has appeared on BBC Radio 4; and has been a regular commentator for local radio stations and regular commentator for international news agencies on issues of the future of the European Left and the rise of right-wing extremism; the financial crisis and the future of the EU; the implications of the British Elections on the relationships with Europe; the riots in Greece; issues of Greek foreign policy and Greek-Turkish Relations and the Cyprus question.

He has written a number of editorial pieces for peer reviewed academic blogs and the Greek press.

He has acted as reviewer for the Journal of Common Market Studies, European Political Science, Journal of Contemporary European Research, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, the World Bank (development reports) publications, and Palgrave MacMillan European Union Series.

He speaks Greek, German and Spanish.

Contact Me

Phone: 01483 68 3125

Find me on campus
Room: 10 AC 05


Journal articles

  • Capelos T, Exadaktylos T, Chrona S, Pouloupoulou M. (2017) 'The Emotional Economy of the European Financial Crisis in the UK Press'. University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism International Journal of Communication,
    [ Status: Accepted ]


    This article examines the individual, collective and social emotions embedded in media discussions of the financial crisis. Emotional experiences towards crises and the political institutions associated with them serve as valuable tools in understanding how citizens think and feel in the public sphere. We highlight over-time links between individual, collective and social emotionality as we analyze the content of UK media representations of the European financial crisis, from 2009 to 2012. We code editorials from journalists, and commentaries from experts, public figures and opinion leaders published in four UK newspapers, and identify the valence and affective tone of individual, collective and social expressions of anger, fear, disappointment, hope, pride, and compassion. We also examine how these interlinked levels of emotional talk underpin the public’s blame attributions. This article contributes to the systematic understanding of the impact of the financial crisis on public opinion, and considers its contribution towards European integration attitudes in the period marked by the introduction of Brexit as term in the public sphere.

  • Zahariadis N, Exadaktylos T. (2015) 'Policies that Succeed and Programs that Fail: Ambiguity, Conflict, and Crisis in Greek Higher Education'. WILEY-BLACKWELL POLICY STUDIES JOURNAL, 44 (1), pp. 59-82.
  • Vasilopoulou S, Halikiopoulou D, Exadaktylos T. (2014) 'Greece in Crisis: Austerity, Populism and the Politics of Blame'. Journal of Common Market Studies, 52 (2), pp. 388-402.
  • Exadaktylos T, Zahariadis N. (2014) 'Quid pro Quo: Political trust and policy implementation in Greece during the age of austerity'. Politics and Policy, 42 (1), pp. 160-183.
  • Vasilopoulou S, Halikiopoulou D, Exadaktylos T. (2013) 'Greece in Crisis: Austerity, Populism and the Politics of Blame'. Journal of Common Market Studies,
  • Exadaktylos T, Zahariadis N. (2012) 'Policy implementation and political trust: Greece in the age of austerity'. GreeSE Papers, 65
  • Exadaktylos T. (2012) 'Greece-Argentina 0-2: On political trust'. Evropaiki Ekfrasi,
  • Exadaktylos T, Radaelli CM. (2010) 'Causal Explanation in Studies of Europeanisation'. C&M: The IPSA Committee on Concepts and Methods Political Methodology. IPSA Committee on Concepts and Methods. Working Paper Series., 28, pp. 1-29.
  • Exadaktylos T, Radaelli CM. (2009) 'Research Design in European Studies: The Case of Europeanization'. WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC Journal of Common Market Studies, 47 (3), pp. 507-530.
  • Exadaktylos T. (2008) 'Europe's Troubled Region: Economic Development, Institutional Reform and Social Welfare in the Western Balkans'. BLACKWELL PUBLISHING JCMS-J COMMON MARK S, 46 (5), pp. 1101-1102.
  • Exadaktylos T. (2007) 'Whither Southeastern Europe? The course of market economy in the post-communist Balkans (in Greek)'. Βαλκανικά Σύμμεικτα (Valkanika Symmeikta), 14-15
  • Exadaktylos T. (2007) 'Powerful Presidents: Obstacles or catalysts in the democratic transtition and consolidation of Southeastern Europe?'. Balkan Studies, 46, pp. 6-26.


  • Exadaktylos T, Radaelli CM. (2012) Research Design in European Studies. Palgrave MacMillan


    Informed by epistemological pluralism and state-of-the-art debate on research design in the social sciences, this volume combines conceptual elaboration with substantive research puzzles. Research Design in European Studies investigates different notions of causality and relates them to methods and techniques. Designed for use either in a course on European Union politics or in preparing projects on Europeanization, the book offers an applied perspective on research methods in specific areas of qualitative approaches to causality, as well as chapters introducing quantitative, critical realist, and discursive strategies. Substantively, the contributors tackle research issues in the domains of compliance, EU external relations, foreign policy, health care, party politics and urban governance.

Book chapters

  • Exadaktylos T, Radaelli CM. (2015) 'Europeanization'. in Lynggaard K, Manners I, Lofgren K (eds.) Research Methods in European Union Studies Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan Article number 13
  • Exadaktylos T. (2015) 'Policy Paradigms'. in Jorgensen KE, Drieskens E, Kalland Aarstad A, Laatikainen K, Tonra B (eds.) The Sage Handbook of European Foreign Policy Sage Publications Limited Article number 34
  • Exadaktylos T, Capelos T. (2015) 'The good, the bad and the ugly: stereotypes, prejudices and emotions on Greek media representation of the EU financial crisis'. in Karyotis G, Gerodimos R (eds.) The Politics of Extreme Austerity Greece in the Eurozone Crisis Palgrave Macmillan Article number 3
  • Exadaktylos T. (2014) 'Remapping democracy in the EU: The euro crisis and the EP elections'. in Wiersma JM, Stetter E (eds.) Problems of Representative Democracy in Europe A Challenge for Progressives Amsterdam : Van Gennep Amsterdam Article number 4
  • Exadaktylos T. (2014) 'Remapping political trust in the Greek crisis: where has it gone wrong?'. in Tsilimpounidi M, Walsh A (eds.) Remapping 'Crisis' A Guide to Athens Zero Books Article number 14
  • Exadaktylos T. (2012) 'Europeanization of Foreign Policy beyond the Common Foreign and Security Policy'. in Exadaktylos T, Radaelli CM (eds.) Research Design in European Studies: Establishing Causality in Europeanization Basingstoke : Palgrave/Macmillan , pp. 195-220.
  • Exadaktylos T, Radaelli CM. (2012) 'Looking for Causality in the Literature on Europeanization'. in Exadaktylos T, Radaelli CM (eds.) Research Design in European Studies: Establishing Causality in Europeanization Basingstoke : Palgrave/Macmillan , pp. 17-43.
  • Radaelli C, Exadaktylos T . (2010) 'New directions in Europeanization Research'. in Egan M, Nugent N, Paterson W (eds.) Research agendas in EU studies. Stalking the elephant Basingstoke : Palgrave MacMillan (Nine), pp. 189-215.


    Leading scholars explore the complex questions arising from the ongoing transformation of Europe through the deepening and widening effects of European integration. Based on authoritative analyses, the book takes account of the many national, transnational and international processes and contexts in which European integration has become embedded.

  • Radaelli CM, Exadaktylos T. (2009) 'NEW DIRECTIONS IN EUROPEANIZATION RESEARCH'. in Egan M, Nugent N, Patterns W (eds.) STUDYING THE EUROPEAN UNION: CURRENT AND FUTURE AGENDAS Michelle Egan, Neill Nugent, William Patterns Palgrave, Macmillan Article number Nine

Scholarly editions

  • Exadaktylos T. (2012) Ouzo and out!: it remains to be seen what Greece is in for after ‘exiting’ the Euro 2012..

Exadaktylos, T. (2010) The Europeanization of National Foreign Policy: The case of Greece and Germany vis-a-vis the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union, PhD Thesis, University of Exeter.

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