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

Event Type
Lecture
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;
Location
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL 61801
Date
Nov 14, 2013   4:00 pm  
Speaker
Prof. Kevin Featherstone (European Institute, Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Sciences, LSE)
Cost
Free Entry
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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