From Stagnation to Forced Adjustment: Reforms in Greece, 1974-2010

From Stagnation to Forced Adjustment: Reforms in Greece, 1974-2010

by Stathis Kalyvas
     
 

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Ever since Greece's 1974 transition to democracy, there has been constant talk of the need for system-wide political reform. Major changes in the country's economy, society, and population have forced Greek institutions and policies to become better aligned with those of more developed, West European countries, yet there is still work to be done.Some reforms, such

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Ever since Greece's 1974 transition to democracy, there has been constant talk of the need for system-wide political reform. Major changes in the country's economy, society, and population have forced Greek institutions and policies to become better aligned with those of more developed, West European countries, yet there is still work to be done.Some reforms, such as the creation of the National Health Service, entry into the Eurozone, the liberalization of banking practices, and the privatization of some business, have succeeded. Others, such as educational, pension, and civil service reforms, reappear now and then yet largely remain elusive. The Greek malaise, widely felt and discussed in the country, has intensified the desire for more action, yet these efforts have also prompted systematic resistance from organized interest groups, which feeds the broadly perceived sense of inertia and stagnation, or at least truncated progress.

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Elias Mossialos

This is an engrossing account and the best research that has yet been published on Greece's reform experience over the past thirty-five years. Closely argued, very readable, and stimulating.

From the Publisher
"Aims to provide a comprehensive study of reform attempts in Greece in a wide range of policy areas, with a theoretical underpinning. The list of authors includes some of the best experts on Greece....This book is extremely topical and it will remain so for some time."—Professor Loukas Tsoukalis, Special Adviser to the President of the European Commission and Jean Monnet Professor of European Organisation, University of Athens

"This is an engrossing account and the best research that has yet been published on Greece's reform experience over the past thirty-five years. Closely argued, very readable and stimulating."—Elias Mossialos, Professor of Health Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science and former Minister of State in Greece.

"This is the best volume yet on recent economic policy in Greece. It combines analytic rigor with a command of critical economic, legal, and historical details. Eschewing overly technical analysis, this group of authors recognizes that the causes of Greece's dilemmas and the future trajectory of Greek reform rest above all on domestic politics. Greek politicians, they argue, can act more freely and effectively than many observers realise." — Foreign Affairs

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231703765
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/18/2012
Series:
Columbia/Hurst Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Loukas Tsoukalis

From Stagnation to Forced Adjustment provides a comprehensive study of reform attempts in Greece in a wide range of policy areas, with a theoretical underpinning. The contributors include some of the best experts on Greece. This book is extremely topical and will remain so for some time.

Professor Loukas Tsoukalis

Aims to provide a comprehensive study of reform attempts in Greece in a wide range of policy areas, with a theoretical underpinning. The list of authors includes some of the best experts on Greece. This book is extremely topical and it will remain so for some time.

Meet the Author

Stathis N. Kalyvas is Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science and director of the program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at Yale University.

gGeorge Pagoulatos is associate professor of politics at the Athens University of Economics and Business.

Haridimos Tsoukas holds the Columbia Shipping Company Chair of Organization and Management at the University of Cyprus.

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