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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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