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Thessaloniki’s arrested development: missed opportunities

Date added: 05/31/2010
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Cities are crucial nodes of global economic networks. A city’s economic success largely depends on its social capital and the existence of a hegemonic coalition for development. This paper focuses on Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, a country on the European periphery. The slow pace of development during the last
twenty years has placed Thessaloniki in a vicious circle. It is argued that given the significant structural problems in Greece, a wide social coalition for development that embraces a large segment of the socio-economic,  political, and intellectual forces is necessary to boost Thessaloniki’s development and ensure that its fruits will be reaped by all.

Lois Labrianidis
Economic Geographer, Prof. Dept of Economics University of Macedonia,
156 Egnatia str., 54006, Thessaloniki, Greece

Keywords: Thessaloniki, city competition, social coalition for development, growth coalition, development trajectory shift

Greece and the IMF

Date added: 06/16/2010
Date modified: 07/06/2010
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By Daniel Gros
Economic Policy - CEPS Commentaries
Date of publication: 24 March 2010

The stand-off among the members of the eurozone over whether to come to the aid of fellow member Greece has prompted a lot of speculation that Greece might turn to the IMF for support, an approach that now seems to be favoured by the German government. This Commentary by CEPS Director Daniel Gros finds, however, that while the IMF may have fewer political constraints in giving cheap money, it is unable to provide enough to make a lasting difference to Greece. Against modest gains, he asks in what position would Greece be if it went to Washington now and then had to come back to its EU partners later in the year? Gros acknowledges, however, that a loan from the IMF might serve the purpose of providing the EU with a convenient smoke screen to temporarily obscure the fundamental differences among the members on how the euro area should be run.

Who can save Greece?

Date added: 06/16/2010
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By Daniel Gros

Economic Policy - CEPS Commentaries
Date of publication: 15 April 2010

After two months of heated debate, the basic conditions for the joint IMF/EU rescue operation for Greece have now been decided. In this latest Commentary, CEPS Director Daniel Gros takes a closer look at the figures and shows that the magnitude of the funds under discussion can at best tide the country through a rough patch. The key issue that will remain for years to come is whether Greece is willing to undertake the huge domestic effort required to achieve a sustainable fiscal position.

The Record of Gender Policies in Greece 1980- 2010: legal form and economic substance

Date added: 06/22/2010
Date modified: 07/06/2010
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HellenicObservatoryAntigone Lyberaki

Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe
June 2010

Reforms promoting gender equality in Greece are held by many to be one of the few real success stories of the post-1974 period. Indeed, there has been considerable activity in changes in employment, family, social insurance and other legislation all centered around the constitutional provision on equal treatment which came into force in 1983. This activism, however, was mainly about statutory changes and lacked a feminist analysis of women’s real position in the Greek economy and society.

Identity construction programmes of the state and the EU

Date added: 07/16/2010
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Ruby Gropas, Hara Kouki & Anna Triandafyllidou
ELIAMEP May 2010

How are national identities affected by modernity and tradition? Are there ensuing tensions?
And if so, how, where, by whom and in what ways are these expressed? What role does Europe play in this relationship? These constitute some of the overarching themes the IME research project aims to explore.
We have argued that the ambivalence and internal divisions that characterise Greece render it a particularly interesting case to study within the multiple modernities’ perspective as defined by Eisenstadt (2000).1 Greek national and European identity is based on a web of rival and even conflictual relations between attachment to tradition and continuity on the one hand, and desire to pursue modernity, social contestation, rationality and secularism on the other. As
such, though Greece has been considered as being at the core of and having inspired modern Europe’s values and identity since the Enlightenment, at the same time, it has had to undergo – and is still in the process of undergoing - repeated (and in many cases costly and painful) reforms in order to become more ‘modern,’ to become more Europeanised. Through our study, we propose that Greece can be viewed as proposing an alternative path to modernity: one of a peripheral post-industrial parliamentary democracy that has moved from pre-modern economic and political forms of organisation (that continue to define the structure of the Greek state, Greek society, its politics, and its economy) to post-modern ones without ever properly modernizing or industrializing and without ever replacing its own cultural traditions with those of western European modernity.