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Professor Kevin Featherstone

  Kevin Featherstone August2014


Kevin Featherstone is Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics. He is currently the Head of the European Institute and was long-term Director of the Hellenic Observatory and Co-Chair of LSEE: Research on South-East Europe within the European Institute. He has held visiting positions at the University of Minnesota; New York University; and Harvard University.  Before LSE, he held academic posts at the universities of Stirling and Bradford.  In 2009-10 he served on an advisory committee to Prime Minister George Papandreou for the reform of the Greek government.  He was the first foreign member of the National Council for Research and Technology (ESET) in Greece, serving from 2010-2013.  He is Vice-Chair of the Academic Council of 'Atomium Culture', Brussels, a not-for-profit promoting collaboration within the European Research Area.  In 2013 he was made ‘Commander: Order of the Phoenix’ by the President of the Hellenic Republic.  In 2014, the European Parliament selected one of his books (co-authored with Kenneth Dyson) as one of its ‘100 Books on Europe to Remember’. He has contributed regularly to ‘Kathimerini’.


   KF-Prime Ministers in Greece

Recent publication by Prof Featherstone

Research interests 

His research has focussed on the politics of the European Union and the politics of contemporary Greece; his work has been framed in the perspectives of comparative politics, public policy, political economy and processes of 'Europeanization'. His main books on the EU have involved a comparison of socialist parties' approaches to European integration; relations between the US and EU; the negotiations leading to the Maastricht agreement on EMU; and, the politics of 'Europeanisation'. On Greece, he has co-authored or edited books on political change after 1974; Greece after the Cold War; Greece and the challenges of 'Europeanisation'; the limits of Europeanisation in Greece; a history of the Muslim/Turkish minority in Western Thrace; and most recently, the domestic meanings of 'Europe' in Greece.  His new book, with Dimitris Papadimitriou, on the problems of control and coordination within the Greek core executive will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

Full CV (PDF)

For further details about Professor Kevin Featherstone's research, please visit LSE Research Online.


Professor Kevin Featherstone co-authored book listed by European Parliament as one of 100 best on Europe

Professor Kevin Featherstone's book The Road to Maastricht: Negotiating Economic and Monetary Union  was chosen for the “100 books on Europe to remember” book list, compiled by the European Parliament. You can access the list here.

Professor Kevin Featherstone participated in the special event 'One hundred Books on Europe to Remember' that took place at the EPRS Library Reading Room.

Professor Kevin Featherstone awarded
Order of the Phoenix of the Hellenic Republic

The Greek PM, G. Papandreou, in a speech in Parliament on 18 October 2011 quoted the comments of Kevin Featherstone on the crisis. Featherstone had argued that in the interests of serious domestic reform the Troika needed to give Greece more time to plan and implement changes (video starting at 44:00).

Professor Kevin Featherstone member of the Greek national research council (ESET)

In September 2010, Professor Featherstone was appointed to the National Council for Research and Technology in Greece (ESET). Following a change in law, he is the first non-Greek to be appointed to the Council. Here is a selection of relevant press material: Kathimerini To Vima Ta Nea.

Professor Kevin Featherstone appointed as member of advisory committee to Greek Prime Minister

In February 2010, Professor Featherstone was appointed by the Greek Prime Minister to a newly-created committee ('Advisory Committee for the Modernisation of the Operation of the Government'). The committee is composed of five international members and is charged with producing a report on various administrative reforms. Relevant press material: Ethnos Eleytherotypia ProtoThema (p.26)



Recent Presentations


  • Professor Kevin Featherstone took part in a documentary series titled  'Ειδικές Αποστολές'. The documentary episode was called 'H Βρετανία στη σκιά του Brexit', or ‘’Britain in the shadow of Brexit’’, ERT TV, Greece (18 October 2016)
  • Professor Kevin Featherstone spoke at the annual conference "Delphi Economic Forum" which took place at the European Cultural Centre of Delphi, Greece between the 25th and the 28th of February 2016.

            Featherstone - Delphi economic forum

  • A feature article on Professor Kevin Featherstone's and Professor Dimitris Papadimitriou's presention of their latest book 'Prime Ministers and the Paradox of Power in Greece' as part of the Megaron Lecture Series was published in the European Court of Auditors (ECA) Journal. The edition also features an interview with both Professors, titled 'How far can Europe intervene into national administrative processes?' (March 2016) 


  • As part of the Megaron Plus Lecture Series 2014-15, Professor Kevin Featherstone and Professor Dimitris Papadimitriou presented their latest book 'Prime Ministers and the Paradox of Power in Greece' in a lecture with the same title. The event took place in the Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall (Αίθουσα Δημήτρης Μητρόπουλος), Megaron, Athens, Greece and you can find more details here.
    Professor Kevin Featherstone
     took part in the 12th European Seminar in Delphi, organised by ELIAMEP on Saturday 12 September. The panel's title was 'The Greek Saga: What went Wrong?'.
  • Professor Kevin Featherstone  took part in a breakfast panel discussion with Professor Henrik Enderlein in the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, titled ‘Is Reform in Greece Possible?’ (30/4/2015)
  • The Megaron Plus and the London School of Economics and Political Science in collaboration with the Hellenic Alumni Association of the London School of Economics and the Hellenic Observatory presented a series of public lectures on the theme of: ‘New Ideas for a World in Change’ in 2014-15. The first lecture on the topic of 'Social Movements, Social Change, and Democracy' took place on Wednesday, 10 December 2014. Professor Craig Calhoun, President and Director of LSE was the guest speaker at the event, which was chaired by Professor Kevin Featherstone. Read here an article on the lectures, published by Kerkyra Publications - Economia Group (in Greek).


  • Professor Kevin Featherstone gave a public lecture at the University of Thessaly, Volos campus, on 31 March 2014.  The lecture was entitled, ‘Greece in the New Europe: Challenges and Prospects’.  In his visit, Professor Featherstone also met the Mayor of Volos, Panos Skotiniots and the Bishop of Dimitriados , Ignatios. Professor Featherstone’s visit was hosted by the University and by Lina and Ross Gkaragkani Robertson.
    Prof Kevin Featherstone - Public lecture at Univerisity of Thessaly
  • Professor Featherstone participated in the  RCC 2014 Conference New World Order – What's Next For Europe? which took place in London on 29th January-1st February 2014. Click here for photographs from the conference


  • Professor Kevin Featherstone gave a talk at a private lunch organised by the Hellenic Entrepreneurs’ Association (Ελληνική Ένωση Επιχειρηματιών, E.EN.E) on Monday 31st January 2011. The talk, held at the Athens Club, addressed the constraints on Greece’s economic development and ways forward in terms of reform. More information on E.EN.E can be found here.


  • At the invitation of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Alumni Association, LSE, Professor Kevin Featherstone gave a lecture at the British Embassy in Athens on the 11th Nov. 2010 entitled "The Naked Emperor? Greek prime ministers and the problem of reform capacity". Respondents were Prof Antonis Makridimitris (University of Athens) and Mr Alexis Papahelas (Journalist and Editor-in-Chief, Kathimerini Newspaper). (Prof. Featherstone's transcript & Prof. Makridimitris transcript).  
  • The Limits of Europeanisation: Greece and the Euro-Zone, Fifth Pan-European Conference on EU Politics, European Consortium for Political Research, Standing Group on the European Union, University Fernando Pessoa and Faculty of Economics of Porto University, Porto, Portugal, 23-26 June 2010. 
  • Professor Featherstone chaired the launch of a report on the future of research in Europe up to 2020. The report was presented by Atomium Culture and it addressed the question of the role that civil society institutions might play in fostering a more effective environment for research and innovation. Atomium Culture is itself an independent, non-profit institution and the LSE is a partner (as is the University of Athens and some 23 other universities) in its pan-European network of universities, businesses and media organisations that have come together to promote better opportunities for young researchers across all scientific disciplines. At the launch, held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on May 18th 2010, Professor Featherstone introduced key note addresses by former French President, Valery Giscard d'Estaing (Honorary President of Atomium Culture); Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament; EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, responsible for research, innovation and science; and he chaired a panel debate with seven representatives of European institutions, universities, business, and media. The report was warmly welcomed by the speakers and Atomium Culture plan further steps to promote its platform over the next year, including a presentation to the European Council. 
  • The EU after Lisbon 2000, ELIAMEP / British Embassy Seminar, Athens, 23 March 2010.


Professor Featherstone has written extensively. His most recent books include:


 Kevin Featherstone-Prime Ministers in Greece

Prime Ministers in Greece: The Paradox of Power

Featherstone, Kevin and Papadimitriou, Dimitris
Oxford University Press, June 2015

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Europe in Modern Greek History
Featherstone, K
London, C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd, 2014


Οι τελευταίοι Οθωμανοί - Η μουσουλμανική μειονότητα της Δυτικής Θράκης, 1940-1949 
Featherstone K, Παπαδημητρίου Δ, Μαμαρέλης Α, Νιάρχος Γ
Αθήνα, Εκδόσεις Αλεξάνδρεια, 2013


The Last Ottomans: The Muslim Minority of Greece 1940-1949
Featherstone K, Papadimitriou D, Mamarelis A, Niarchos G
London, Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, 2011


Τα Όρια του Εξευρωπαϊσμού. Δημόσια Πολιτική και Μεταρρυθμίσεις στην Ελλάδa 
Featherstone K και Παπαδημητρίου Δ
Αθήνα, Εκδόσεις Οκτώ, 2010

The Limits of Europeanization

The Limits of Europeanization: Reform Capacity and Policy Conflict in Greece
Featherstone K, and Papadimitriou D
London, Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, 2008


Πολιτικη Στην Ελλαδα. Η Προκληση Του Εκσυγχρονισμου Featherstone K (Editor & Contributor) 
Αθήνα, Εκδόσεις Οκτώ, 2007


Politics and Policy in Greece: The Challenge of Modernisation
Featherstone K (Editor & Contributor) 
London, Routledge, 2005  (This was also published as a special issue of the journal, West European Politics, entitled The Challenge of Modernisation: Politics and Policy in Greece; 28, 2, March 2005)


The Politics of Europeanisation
Featherstone K and Radaelli C. M.
New York, Oxford University Press, 2003


Europeanization and the Southern Periphery
Featherstone K and Kazamias G. A.

Published as a special issue of South European Society and Politics, 5, 2, 2000 and also as a book by Frank Cass, London


The Road to Maastricht: Negotiating Economic and Monetary Union Dyson Κ and Featherstone K
Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1999

Selected by the European Parliament for the “100 books on Europe to remember” list in 2014. The list covers all languages and all disciplines since the first part of the C20th to the present-day. It recommends these books and makes them available to contemporary audiences via the internet. You can access the list here.


How to make the Greek economy rise again (and debt to fall)
The Third Program of fiscal consolidation and bailout funding for Greece by European institutions and the IMF has been completed last August, eight years after the debt-crisis first erupted. Despite the jubilant mood adopted by the Greek Government to celebrate … Continue reading

Moscow-Athens Links: Rhetoric and Tactics
Greece is ‘the closest collaborator and partner of Russia in Europe’ said the Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis during their meeting on 9 December 2004 in Moscow. The Greek Prime Minister returned the compliment … Continue reading

Leadership is about character, courage and empathy: Alexis Tsipras has failed on all fronts during the Greek fires
At least 91 people have been killed in wildfires in Greece, with the Greek government, led by Alexis Tsipras, facing criticism over its handling of the disaster. George Kassimeris argues that the response from Tsipras constituted a failure of political leadership, and … Continue reading

The #MeToo Movement and the Greek Silence
By Katerina Glyniadaki Earlier this month, the verdict of the ‘wolf pack’ case sparked the #MeToo movement to spread across Spain. Both in the streets and on social media platforms, the court decision was met with uproar. According to the supporters … Continue reading

How to boost Greek exports
By Peter Sanfey The past year has seen some welcome, and long overdue, good news from Greece. After nearly a decade of deep recession, the economy started growing again in 2017, unemployment is falling and business and consumer confidence are … Continue reading

Greece’s clean exit: Politics vs economics
By Lorenzo Codogno There seems to be a strong convergence of interests between the Greek government, the European Commission and Eurozone Member States (and the IMF): they all want a clean exit from the Third Economic Adjustment Programme for Greece. … Continue reading

Uncovering the profound effects that pension and health care reforms have had in post-crisis Greece
By Marina Angelaki Pension and health care reforms introduced in Greece following the 2009 crisis, and the bail out agreements signed with the Troika of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, have attracted attention … Continue reading

Turning Greece into an Education Hub
By Jessie Voumvaki In the midst of a prolonged crisis, Greece urgently needs new growth drivers for its economy. Moreover, recent international research has identified that the negative impact of globalization on income distribution in advanced economies can be offset … Continue reading

Mobility of Highly-Skilled Individuals, Local Innovation and Entrepreneurship Activity
In an open economy migration is a natural process. It certainly poses challenges for the host countries but also brings benefits, especially if skillful human capital is accumulated. High-skilled migrants bring advanced or “upper-tail” human capital (Mokyr, 2002; Squicciarini and … Continue reading

The Effects of Economic Crisis on Greek Entrepreneurship
By Jessie Voumvaki Greek SMEs – which generate ¼ of Greek GDP and cover 45 per cent of the country’s employment – have been hit hard during the past decade by a perfect storm (i.e. sharp decrease of domestic demand, … Continue reading

Click here for all press articles and interviews given by Professor Kevin Featherstone and HO Staff.

A small selection can be found below: