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Research

One of the main objectives of the Hellenic Observatory is to develop high-quality research in the area of social sciences focusing on modern Greece & Cyprus and their international position within the European Union and Southeast Europe. The Observatory encourages the study of modern Greece & Cyprus through a multi-disciplinary and comparative perspective.

More specifically, our research aims to strengthen the theoretical and applied study of contemporary Greece & Cyprus; to enhance the understanding of society, politics and the economies of Greece & Cyprus; to increase the visibility of Greece & Cyprus in the international academic literature and policy debates; and to inform the design and implementation of policy in Greece & Cyprus.

To achieve these goals, we engage in a number of research activities, including individual-led research, team-based projects, as well as wider collaboration with colleagues from other universities and research institutions. We also offer various research and visiting fellowships for those who want to conduct research at the LSE, aiming at facilitating the exchange of knowledge and ideas and the cross-fertilisation of research between the Hellenic Observatory and wider networks.

 

                                                Core Staff Research Activities

This year Professor Kevin Featherstone continued the preparation of a new book titled ‘Prime Ministers in Greece: Power, Culture and Tradition’, co-authored with Professor Dimitris Papadimitriou, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2015.  He has also published a journal article on the same project, entitled ‘The Emperor Has No Clothes! Power and Resources within the Greek Core Executive’ in the journal Governance, Vol. 26, pp.523-545, 2013. Furthermore, Professor Featherstone was the editor for ‘Europe in Modern Greek History’, a volume which addresses the complexity of Greece's relationship with 'Europe' - examining its manifestations in culture, politics, society, foreign policy and the economy. The book was published by Hurst & Co Publishers in 2014.

In addition to this, Professor Featherstone has given a number of public lectures, among them a lecture at the University of Thessaly, Volos campus, on 31 March 2014.  The lecture was entitled, ‘Greece in the New Europe: Challenges and Prospects’. He also 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.

In the past year Dr Spyros Economides has been concentrating on his broad research area relating to the external relations of the EU.

Within this he has focussed on issues and areas specifically related to Greece and to the broader Southeastern European region. His work on Greece has concentrated on the relationship between Greece and Europe in the field of foreign policy. In the first instance he has written on ‘The Relevance of “Europe” to Greek Foreign Policy’ which appeared in Kevin Featherstone (ed.), Europe in Modern Greek History (London: Hurst and Co., November 2013). Related to this, Dr Economides has also worked on the notion of ‘strategic culture’ in the European context with specific reference to the Greek understanding of this term. The published work also took the form of a contribution to an edited volume on this subject: Spyros Economides, ‘Greece’, in Bastian Giegerich (et. al.), Strategic Cultures in Europe (Springer verlag, July 2013).

On the Southeastern Europe front, Dr Economides continued to research and publish on the EU’s enlargement strategy towards the region and the relationship between Serbia and Kosovo in the EU context. He published ‘Kosovo, Self-Determination and International Order’, Europe-Asia Studies, 2013, and with Dr James Ker-Lindsay has completed a work on ‘Pre-Europeanisation Accession: the EU and the Serbia-Kosovo Relationship’ which is under review for publication. Similarly, again with Dr Ker-Lindsay, Spyros Economides is completing an article on the advantages and disadvantages the EU faces when it imposes conditions on candidate states that are subject to review by external parties.

There are four research agendas that Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis’ research has focused on in the last academic year.

The first concerns regional growth in the process of EU integration, focusing on the CEE, SEE and ENP regions. A paper on ‘Regional growth and national development’, which examined the process of regional convergence and the regional Kuznets hypothesis, came out in Spatial Economic Analysis (vol.9.2) in March 2014. Two other papers, on ‘The regional impact of EU association agreements: lessons for the ENP from the CEE experience’ and on ‘The geography of intra-industry spillovers in the EU neighbourhood’, are currently under consideration for publication in two international academic journals.

The second agenda concerns the analysis of labour market issues in the Western Balkans, with a focus on Serbia. A paper on ‘Determinants and paths to informality in Serbia’ (with A. Martelli) was presented in two international conferences in early 2014 and is currently being prepared for a journal submission; while also at the writing-up stage is work on ‘Public sector employment and private sector wages’ (with J. Lau-sev). The other two research agendas are focused on Greece. One uses micro-econometric data to examine aspects of wage and unemployment adjustment in Greece during the crisis: it includes a number of papers, some co-authored (with R. Christopoulou; with A. Martelli; and with E. Lopez-Bazo and E. Motellón), some of which are already under consideration for publication in international journals and two of which were published as discussion papers (HO GreeSE Paper No.80 and ELIAMEP Crisis Observatory Research Paper No.9). The last strand concerns some more macro-economic work on debt sustainability and fiscal austerity – a paper on this was published in the Cyprus Economic Policy Review in June 2014 (vol.8.1) – and on new industrial policy and the developmental state.

 

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