Politics and Policy in Greece

Politics and Policy in Greece : The Challenge of 'Modernisation'

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This rare focus on the politics of contemporary Greece explores in particular the country's processes of public policy-making.

It is more than thirty years since the restoration of democracy in Greece and in this period the country has undergone a number of major changes. Domestic political tensions have arisen from the pressures of `Europeanization' as a consequence of Greece's membership in the European Union. EU membership has helped define a `modernization' project, latterly associated with Premier Costas Simitis, which clashes with traditional practices and paradigms. In addition, other challenges have arisen: of a multi-ethnic society, of the loss of faith in old ideologies and of the passage of old divisions. Greece now faces pressure to adapt to the external environment, as well as to the constraints of the will and capability of the domestic system.

Politics and Policy in Greece addresses core issues, such as:

* How far has the politics of `modernization' penetrated Greek society?

* How far have reforms to state-economy relations, welfare systems and constitutional rights reflected a liberal agenda and how far have they reflected traditional concerns?

* How has `modernization' affected Greece's relations with the European Union?

Containing expert overviews and detailed case studies of the dynamics of domestic politics, this accessible and informative volume is essential reading for both Greeks and non-Greeks alike.
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  • Hardback | 290 pages
  • 160 x 234 x 28mm | 580.61g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0415376297
  • 9780415376297

Table of contents

Introduction: 'Modernisation' and the Structural Constraints of Greek Politics Kevin Featherstone The Political Process The Changing Greek Party System: Stable Democracy, Contested 'Modernisation' Christos Lyrintzis Greek Elections and Voters, 1974-2001: Old Cleavages and New Issues Ilias Nikolakopoulos The Public Policy Process The Role of Experts in the Reform Process in Greece Stella Ladi Interest Groups in Disjointed Corporatism: Social Dialogue in Greece and European 'Competitive Corporatism' Kostas Lavdas The Reform Agenda: The Citizen and the State Greek Constitutional Reform and the Rule of Law Pavlos Eleftheriadis Deepening Democracy or Defending the Nation? The Europeanisation of Minority Rights and Greek Citizenship Dia Anagnostou The Reform Agenda: State-Economy Relations The Politics of Greek Privatisation: Redrawing the Public-Private Boundary George Pagoulatos The Limits of Engineering Collective Escape: The 2000 Reform of the Greek Labour Market Dimitris Papadimitriou The Reform Agenda: Welfare Pension Reform in Greece: 'Reform By Instalments' - a Blocked Process? Platon Tinios Interest Groups and Health System Reform in Greece Elias Mossialos and Sara Allin The Reform Agenda: Greece and the European Union Developing the Infrastructure as a Learning Process in Greece Christos Paraskevopoulos The Europeanization of Greek foreign policy Spyros Economides
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