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Rethinking Public Financial Management and Budgeting in Greece: time to reboot?

Date added: 10/12/2010
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Efi Vraniali

This paper addresses the budgeting challenges posed at a national level especially at a time of fiscal crisis and suggests some policy prescriptions to improve the functioning of the Greek public financial system. It focuses on the Public Financial Management and budgeting framework. In that regard, the paper highlights the need for a strategic and comprehensive review of the system as a whole and stresses the importance of a coordinated and phased approach for the overhaul of the various system components. A set of tools and methods for reform is presented and analyzed aiming at a convergence with international best practices over the long run.

The Greek Paradox of Falling Competitiveness and Weak Institutions in a High GDP Growth

Date added: 10/12/2010
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Theodore Pelagidis

In this paper, we deal with some pieces of evidence that are necessary to explain the paradox of rapid GDP growth despite the dismal competitiveness of the Greek economy during 1995-2008. It is shown how the structural weaknesses of the Greek economy have hit the domestic economy investigating their impact on the current turmoil. It is argued that the previously favourable global economic environment acted as a locomotive to domestic growth, whereas now that it is gone, structural problems of poor governance, low competitiveness, and a ballooning public deficit and debt have come to the surface. We offer a specific explanation of the current unfortunate state of the economy briefly considering avenues of necessary reforms to overcome it.

Policy options for Greece – an evaluation

Date added: 08/16/2010
Date modified: 08/16/2010
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Daniela Schwarzer, Sebastian Dullien
Since the start of the European Monetary Union (EMU), there has hardly ever been such an intense discussion on a governance problem within the currency area as is the case over the Greek default risk at the moment. Political analysts, economists, present and former political leaders and central bankers engage in an unparalleled way in the EMU governance debate.
The following paper assesses four – arguably simplified – policy options for Greece with regard to their pros and cons. We take into account the longer term implications for EMU governance in particular with regard to the further problematic cases looming on the horizon. For each option, we also discuss the political feasibility and likelihood.

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.

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.