The Greek Referendum vote of 2015 as a paradoxical communicative practice: A future-making approach

Anneke Sools* (Corresponding Author), Sofia Triliva, Eva Fragkiadaki, Manolis Tzanakis, Theofilos Gkinopoulos

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This article argues for a future-making approach to the Greek referendum vote of 2015. The idea is that in an anxiety-provoking situation, such as the one represented by the Referendum, a future-making approach is relevant to counter possibility-reducing thought and action. To test this idea, we asked potential voters to look back on the Referendum from the point of view of a desired future after the Referendum. During the five days prior to the vote, we collected 124 written ‘letters from the future’ produced by 99 participants. Drawing on Bateson’s pragmatic approach to human communication, we consequently analysed these letters qualitatively to understand what is psychologically and communicatively at stake in the prospective reflective task presented to potential voters. We conclude by reflecting on the limits and wider applicability of the proposed possibility-generating future-making approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1141-1156
Number of pages16
JournalPolitical psychology
Issue number5
Early online date12 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • Motivation/goal setting
  • Political behavior/participation
  • Pragmatics
  • Double bind
  • Voting
  • Greece
  • Future narrative
  • Discursive practice
  • Decision making


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