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MGS MillerCom Lecture: "A system fit for purpose? The challenges of governance in Greece."

Speaker Prof. Kevin Featherstone (European Institute, Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Sciences, LSE)
Date Nov 14, 2013
Time 4:00 pm  
Cost Free Entry
Sponsor CAS/MillerCom; Modern Greek Studies; School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (SLCL); European Union Center (EUC); Department of Linguistics; Cline Center for Democracy; Center for Global Studies; Department of Political Sciences; Department of French; Department of Germanic Studies; Department of History; Department of Economics; Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER); Spurlock Museum; the Hellenic Student Association (HSA), the Hellenic American Student Organization (HASO); the Christian Orthodox Fellowship;
Contact Dr. Stefanos Katsikas-Director of the Modern Greek Studies Program
Event type Lecture
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Originating Calendar Modern Greek Studies Speakers
Abstract: Why do Greek governments fail? The question, of course, is somewhat unfair: governments in Athens have achieved great national projects in key historical periods. But, governance in Greece suffers from seemingly endemic organizational problems - of contrasts between rigid rules, yet weak control and coordination; of clientelism, but poor commitment; of generous staffing, but low-skills and resources. Every student of the Greek Constitution learns of the near-unrestrained powers of the Prime Minister. And, if effective management of the government is to occur, then it must stem from the Prime Minister. But here I will argue that successive prime ministers have been 'Emperors without clothes'. The internal dysfunctionalities of government emanate from this weakness at the core. As a result, expectations for governments to deliver have been thwarted from major weaknesses of capability, quite aside from any doubts of political will. The constraints are those of a cultural mind-set as to the ways of conducting politics. The recent debt crisis now exposes these weaknesses and prompts a new debate on establishing more effective governance. This is likely to be crucial for Greece's role in Europe.
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