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Public discussion: Reforms in Public Administration during the crisis

A Public Discussion was organized on December the 4th, 2018,  on the occasion of the publication of the study entitled “Reforms in Public Administration during the crisis: Review, Description, Evaluation”, which was funded by “The A.G. Leventis Foundation.”

The rationale of the Study

The weaknesses of public administration were considered an important factor in the outburst of the recent economic crisis in Greece. In this spirit, administrative reforms were an integral part of the economic adjustment programmes, with the aim and ambition to deal with long-lasting inefficiencies.

Under the adverse circumstances of budgetary contraction, public administration served as both the tool and the object of an ambitious reform agenda, the results of which have not yet been evaluated. How far have the reforms during the last eight years progressed? Towards which direction has the administration moved? Was its efficiency upgraded?

The research conducted by ELIAMEP, with the support of the A.G. Leventis Foundation Research Chair, sought to answer these questions. The resulting report aims to offer an opportunity to promote agreement on needed reforms and outline the conditions necessary to upgrade a sector critical for the country’s prospects.

The research was coordinated by Professor Calliope Spanou, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The research team comprised Dr. Christos Ioannou, Dr. Manto Lampropoulou, Dr. Evangelia Balla and Professor Dimitrios Oikonomou.

Presentation of the study :

– Calliope Spanou – Professor, University of Athens, Scientific Coordinator

– Asterios PitsiorlasDeputy Minister of Economy and Development

 George GeorgandasMP, Head of Administrative Reconstruction, New Democracy

 Georgette LalisFormer Head of the European Commission in Greece

– Dimitris Papoulias, Emeritus Professor, University of Athens

Moderator: Prof. Loukas TsoukalisPresident of ELIAMEP / Sciences Po, Paris

You can find the Executive Summary of the main findings and conclusions of the report here.
The full report is available here (in Greek).