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Liberals, Socialists, and pork-barrel politics in Greece

Psycharis, Yannis, Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés, Tselios, Vassilis, (2016), “Liberals, Socialists, and pork-barrel politics in Greece”, Centre for Economic Policy Research, June This paper analyses the role of pork-barrel politics in the allocation of public investment expenditures in Greece. It proposes a model which explicitly relates the allocation of public investment to electoral results using a unique dataset covering the period from the restoration of democracy in 1974 until 2009, just before the Great Recession …Read More

The Greek Tragedy And Its Solution

Bernegger,Michael, (2016), “The Greek Tragedy And Its Solution”, Social Europe OP 8, June 2015 Ostensibly, the Greek crisis is about sovereign debt. It appears to result from a too expansionary fiscal policy and a loss in price competitiveness since the launch of the euro. This competitive weakness, it is claimed, can be attributed to an excessive rise in labour costs in relation to anaemic macroeconomic productivity growth. In reality, the core …Read More

The Pitfalls of External Dependence: Greece, 1829-2015

Reinhart M., Carmen, Trebesch, Christoph,  (2015), “The pitfalls of external dependence: Greece, 1829-2015”, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, September. Two centuries of Greek debt crises highlight the pitfalls of relying on external financing. Since its independence in 1829, the Greek government has defaulted four times on its external creditors, and it was bailed out in each crisis. We show that cycles of external crises and dependence are a perennial theme of …Read More

PHASE 3bis Report on Implementing the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention in Greece

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) PHASE 3bis Report on Implementing the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention in Greece, March 2015.   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Phase 3bis Report on Greece by the OECD Working Group on Bribery evaluates and makes recommendations to Greece on its implementation of the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions and related instruments. The Report results from the Working Group’s exceptional …Read More

Greece: Solidarity and Adjustment in Times of Crisis

Giannitsis, Τ. & Zografakis, S. (2015) “Greece: Solidarity and Adjustment in Times of Crisis“, Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, IMK Studies, Nr. 38., Düsseldorf:  March.   This report attempts to examine the impact of the crisis and crisis policies on incomes, inequality and poverty in Greece. Based on extensive income and tax data, it investigates changes in incomes, direct, indirect and property taxation and their incidence between 2008 and 2012-13, their impact on pre- …Read More

European Discourses on managing the Greek crisis: denial, distancing and blaming

Papadimitriou, D. & Zartaloudis, S. (2014) “European Discourses on managing the Greek crisis: denial, distancing and blaming”, Political Studies Association, 23 April.   Since the outbreak of the Eurozone crisis much attention has focused on the deficiencies of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and its effects on member states’ politics. Here we present some key findings of an ongoing research project which tries to examine an often neglected aspect of …Read More

EU Anti-Corruption Report

European Commission, (2014), “EU Anti-Corruption Report”, COM (2014) 38 final. Corruption continues to be a big challenge for  Europe – a phenomenon that costs the EU economy around 120 billion euros per year. Europeans are deeply worried about corruption – 76% of them believe  that corruption is widespread according to a recent Eurobarometer survey.  

Government at a Glance 2013

OECD, (2013), Government at a Glance 2013, Paris: OECD Publishing. Government at a Glance 2013 provides readers with a dashboard of key indicators assembled with the goal of contributing to the analysis and international comparison of public sector performance. Indicators on government revenues, expenditures, and employment are provided alongside key output and outcome data in the sectors of education and health. Government at a Glance also includes indicators on key …Read More