Reform that! Greece's failing reform technology: beyond 'vested interests' and 'political exchange'

Monastiriotis, Vassilis and Antoniades, Andreas (2009) Reform that! Greece's failing reform technology: beyond 'vested interests' and 'political exchange'. Working Paper. Hellenic Observatory, LSE, London.

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Despite significant progress in its path towards Europeanisation over the last two decades, Greeces reform record remains highly problematic. Persistent reform failures and a continuum of half-way reforms have characterised much of the countrys recent history. In this paper we depart form dominant explanations in the literature that focus predominantly on the political and social context (lack of political will, fragmentation of organised interests, extent of rentseeking, etc) and instead focus on the processes shaping the content of reform proposals. We identify an inherent deficiency in the countrys reform technology, linked to a deficient engagement of policy-making with expert knowledge (encompassing all aspects of knowledge production, processing and utilisation), which results in continuous policy-learning failures and, ultimately, inefficient reforms. Our analysis calls for a re-direction of emphasis from the study of how actors contest reforms to the pathologies that lead to the production of contestable reform proposals.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Additional Information: GreeSE: Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe - Working Paper No. 28.
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
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Depositing User: Andreas Antoniades
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:28
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2012 10:38
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