Prospects and Challenges for Administrative Reform in Greece
Friday, 11 April 2014
13:30 - 19:15
The Box, Tower 3, LSE
Professor Kevin Featherstone
Director, Hellenic Observatory; Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies & Professor of European Politics, LSE
Professor Martin Lodge
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy; Director, Centre For Analysis Risk & Regulation -CARR, LSE
Professor Ed Page
Sidney and Beatrice Webb Professor of Public Policy, LSE
Professor Dimitris Papadimitriou,
Professor of Politics, Manchester University; Director of the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE)
The sovereign debt crisis and two successive ‘bail-outs’ for Greece have focussed international attention on the ability of governments in Athens to ‘deliver’ structural reform. As the key agency for delivery, the performance of the state administration has been the subject of close scrutiny. This Symposium was a timely opportunity to assess the current situation and the prospects for making the administration more ‘fit for purpose’. The Symposium was a private meeting and followed the Chatham House rule of no comments being attributed to any participant.
A group photo of the Keynote Policy Symposium participants
Professor Kevin Featherstone welcomes the audience
Dr Georgios Evangelopoulos, National Bank of Greece Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Professor Calliope Spanou, The Greek Ombudsman; Professor of Administrative Sciences, University of Athens
Professor Brigid Laffan, Director, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University
Professor Bo Rothstein delivering the keynote address titled 'The Costs of Low Quality Governance'
Theodore Tsekos, Assistant Professor of Public Administration, The Peloponnese Higher Institute for Technological Education
Christos J. Paraskevopoulos, Associate Professor of European Public Policy at the University of Macedonia, Greece and Research Associate of the Hellenic Observatory discusses research
Last remarks regarding the welcoming session
Questions from the audience
Professor Edoardo Ongaro, Professor of International Public Services Management, Northumbria University; Visiting Professor, Bocconi University; President, European Group for Public Administration delivering the first paper in Session 1, titled 'Learning from the experience of administrative reforms in Italy? A review of certain substantive and methodological issues'
Brigid Laffan, Director, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute speaks on the topic of 'Debt Bailouts and Domestic Administrative Reform'
Georgette Lalis, Head of the Task Force for Greece, European Commission discusses the presentations in Session 1
After a quick break, Professor Kevin Featherstone kick-starts Session 2, entitled 'State Administration in Greece: Recent Reform Efforts'
Professor Kevin Featherstone Director at the Hellenic Observatory; Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies & Professor of European Politics, LSE presents on 'The The Conditionality Effect: the Troika and the Taskforce in Greece'
Theodore Tsekos, Assistant Professor of Public Administration, The Peloponnese Higher Institute for Technological Education delivers a talk on 'Current Administrative Reforms in the light of the MoU'
George Alogoskoufis, Professor of Economics, Athens University of Economics & Business; Research Associate, Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics starts the panel discussion in Session 3 - 'The Practioner Experience; Lessons from the Inside'
The three panel discussants (left to right): Professor Achilleas Mitsos, Professor George Alogoskoufis and Evy Christofilopoulou, Deputy Minister for Administrative Reform and e-Governance, Greece
Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Minister for Administrative Reform and e-Governance, Greece delivers the keynote, entitled 'Administrative Reform in Greece: Challenges and Opportunities'
The audience at The Box
More discussions over a glass of wine
Georgette Lalis, Head of the Task Force for Greece, European Commission
Professor Calliope Spanou and Professor Edoardo Ongaro exchanging greetings with Professor Martin Lodge
Professor Kevin Featherstone and Evy Christofilopoulou, Deputy Minister for Administrative Reform and e-Governance, Greece