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Holding out for a better deal: Brinkmanship in the Greek bailout negotiations

Pitsoulis, Athanassios, Schwuchow, Soeren C., (2016), “Holding out for a better deal: Brinkmanship in the Greek bailout negotiations”, European Journal of Political Economy, 9 September Greece and its creditors concluded negotiations over a third bailout by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on 19 August 2015. The dominant view among most economic policy analysts and commentators seems to be that the actions of the Greek government in the months before the deal had …Read More

Political budget cycles and reelection prospects in Greece’s municipalities

Chortareas, Georgios, Logothetis, Vasileios, Papandreou, Andreas A., (2016), “Political budget cycles and reelection prospects in Greece’s municipalities”, European Journal of Political Economy, Μay This paper considers the presence of political budget cycles in Greece’s municipalities. We construct a new dataset from primary sources and we find strong evidence of pre-electoral manipulation through increased expenditures and excessive borrowing. We use a dynamic panel data approach producing evidence of opportunistic behavior in local government …Read More

How to Handle the Crisis in Greece? Empirical Evidence Based on a Survey of Economics Experts

Potrafke,Niklas, Reischmann, Markus (2016), “How to Handle the Crisis in Greece? Empirical Evidence Based on a Survey of Economics Experts”, CESifo Working Paper No. 5860, April 2016 We asked experts from 113 countries polled by the CESifo World Economic Survey for their opinions on how to handle the crisis in Greece. 61.9% of the experts surveyed were not in favour of Greece exiting the Eurozone in the course of the negotiations held in …Read More

Reform of Public Administration in Greece; Evaluating Structural Reform of Central Government Departments in Greece: Application of the DEA Methodology

Makrydemetres, Anthony, Zervopoulos, Panagiotis, D.,  Pravita, Maria-Eliana, (2016), “Reform of Public Administration in Greece; Evaluating Structural Reform of Central Government Departments in Greece: Application of the DEA Methodology”, GreeSE Paper No.97, February The focus of this study is the evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of Central Government Departments (CGDs) in Greece. Measurements are compared with those defined by the Administrative Reform 2013 (AR2013) to assess whether the reforms introduced by the AR2013 …Read More

Financial assistance to Greece: Three programmes

Colasanti, Fabio, (2016), “Financial assistance to Greece: Three programmes”, European Policy Centre, 26 February. There are a lot of myths surrounding the bailout money that was given to Greece. Many people still believe that the money never went to the Greek people, but to the Greek and European banks; that the intervention of the euro-area governments and the IMF dealt almost exclusively with the Greek debt; that very little money was used …Read More

Clientelism and economic policy: hybrid characteristics of collective action in Greece

Trantidis, Aris, (2015), Clientelism and economic policy: hybrid characteristics of collective action in Greece, Journal of European Public Policy, 11 November How does clientelism affect policy-making? Can patrons in government discard groups of clients in order to pursue reforms in conditions of crisis? The article argues that clientelism goes beyond the exchange of votes and may permeate organizations with the capacity for collective action such as labour unions. This merger gives rise to …Read More

External conditionality and the debt crisis: the ‘Troika’ and public administration reform in Greece

Featherstone, K., (2015), “External conditionality and the debt crisis: the ‘Troika’ and public administration reform in Greece”, Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp.295-314. Levering domestic reform via external conditionality has become crucial to the rescues of European Union member states in the context of the eurozone crisis. This article examines a critical case – Greece – and a problematic sector – reform of the central state …Read More

Blame and Punishment? The Electoral Politics of Extreme Austerity in Greece

Rüdig, W. & Karyotis, G. (2015) “Blame and Punishment? The Electoral Politics of Extreme Austerity in Greece“, Political Studies Association, Vol. 63, Issue 1, article first published online: 13 September 2013, pp. 2-24.   Can governments that introduce extreme austerity measures survive elections? Contrary to economic voting expectations, the PASOK government in Greece initially appeared to cope quite well, claiming victory in regional elections in 2010 despite widespread anti-austerity protests. …Read More

Policing the Crisis: the Other Side of the Story

Rosa Vasilaki (2015) “Policing the Crisis: the Other Side of the Story“, LSE EUROPP, 27 March.   The paper looked at the views and experiences of police officers during the years of the recent economic and political crisis. The story of the protesters and those who have been resisting the austerity measures in Greece is well documented, however, the story of those who have been tasked to reinforce – via …Read More

The political economy of the distributional character of the Greek taxation system (1995–2008)

Ioannidis, Y. (2015) “The political economy of the distributional character of the Greek taxation system (1995–2008)“, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies Journal, Vol. 15, Issue 1, March, pp. 77-96.   The period between 1995 and 2008 is one of the fundamental transformations in the Greek economy. In that sense, we would expect an equally drastic change to have taken place in the structure of the taxation system. Nevertheless, no …Read More