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Professor Kevin Featherstone

  Kevin Featherstone August2014

Professor Featherstone has been at the LSE since 1st May 2002, when took up the position of Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Director of the Hellenic Observatory in the European Institute.

He was previously Professor of European Politics (1995-2002) and Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration Studies (1994-2002) at the University of Bradford; also; Visiting Professor in Politics, New York University (1990-91) and Visiting Professor in International Relations, University of Minnesota (1983). He served as Director/Head of the LSE's European Institute from 2004-07.

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'.



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).

Full CV| (PDF)

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|.

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)


Most recent presentations:

  • Professor Kevin Featherstone was quoted in the article 'A Greek Taxing Woman Faces Task of Restoring Confidence', Bloomberg (24/06/14).
  • 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 Featherstone paricipated in the Economist Conference 16th Roundtable with the Government of Greece 'Transforming uncertainty into stability, wisdom and growth. Brainstorm with leaders from politics, business and finance', that took place on the 2nd & 3rd July in the Athenaeum InterContinental Hotel in Athens.
  • Professor Kevin Featherstone, gave a lecture at Cornell University (Institute for European Studies) entitled: ‘The Greek Crisis – Who is Failing Whom?’, on 2nd March 2011.
  • 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:


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|.



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