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

Event Type
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; the Hellenic Student Association (HSA); the Hellenic American Student Organization (HASO); the Christian Orthodox Fellowship (CFO)
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 South Gregory, Urbana IL 61801, USA
Nov 14, 2013   4:00 pm  
Prof. Kevin Featherstone (European Institute, Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Sciences, LSE)
Free Entry
Dr. Stefanos Katsikas-Director of the Modern Greek Studies Program
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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.

This MillerComm Lecture is hosted by:

Modern Greek Studies Program

In conjunction with:

School  of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (SLCL); Center for Global Studies; Cline Centre for Democracy; European Union Center; Department of French; Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures; Department of History; Department of Linguistics; Department of Political Science; Department of Economics; Center for International Busincess Education and Research (CIBER); and Spurlock Museum.

Series support provided by:

Office of the Chancellor; Office of Equal Opportunity and Access; Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research; Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; The Center for Advanced Study; George A. Miller Endowment; Ledyard R. Tucker Fund; Peggy Harris Memorial Fund; The Council of Deans; The David Gottlieb Memorial Foundation and The Graduate College.   


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