This rare focus on the politics of contemporary Greece explores in particular the country’s processes of public policy-making.
It is more than thirty years since the restoration of democracy in Greece and in this period the country has undergone a number of major changes. Domestic political tensions have arisen from the pressures of ‘Europeanization’ as a consequence of Greece’s membership in the European Union. EU membership has helped define a ‘modernization’ project, latterly associated with Premier Costas Simitis, which clashes with traditional practices and paradigms. In addition, other challenges have arisen: of a multi-ethnic society, of the loss of faith in old ideologies and of the passage of old divisions. Greece now faces pressure to adapt to the external environment, as well as to the constraints of the will and capability of the domestic system.
Politics and Policy in Greece addresses core issues, such as:
* How far has the politics of ‘modernization’ penetrated Greek society?
* How far have reforms to state-economy relations, welfare systems and constitutional rights reflected a liberal agenda and how far have they reflected traditional concerns?
* How has ‘modernization’ affected Greece’s relations with the European Union?
Containing expert overviews and detailed case studies of the dynamics of domestic politics, this accessible and informative volume is essential reading for both Greeks and non-Greeks alike.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Modernisation and the Structural
Constraints of Greek Politics Kevin Featherstone
The Political Process
The Changing Greek Party System:
Stable Democracy, Contested Modernisation Christos Lyrintzis
Greek Elections and Voters, 1974-2001:
Old Cleavages and New Issues Ilias Nikolakopoulos
The Public Policy Process
The Role of Experts in the Reform Process
in Greece Stella Ladi
Interest Groups in Disjointed Corporatism:
Social Dialogue in Greece and European
Competitive Corporatism Kostas Lavdas
The Reform Agenda: The Citizen and the State
Greek Constitutional Reform and the Rule of Law Pavlos Eleftheriadis
Deepening Democracy or Defending the Nation?
The Europeanisation of Minority Rights
and Greek Citizenship Dia Anagnostou
The Reform Agenda: State-Economy Relations
The Politics of Greek Privatisation:
Redrawing the Public-Private Boundary George Pagoulatos
The Limits of Engineering Collective Escape:
The 2000 Reform of the Greek Labour Market Dimitris Papadimitriou
The Reform Agenda: Welfare
Pension Reform in Greece:
Reform By Instalments - a Blocked Process? Platon Tinios
Interest Groups and Health System Reform in
Greece Elias Mossialos and Sara Allin
The Reform Agenda: Greece and the European Union
Developing the Infrastructure as a Learning Process in Greece Christos Paraskevopoulos
The Europeanization of Greek foreign policy Spyros Economides