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Kevin Featherstone

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Featherstone, K. (2005), ‘Introduction: “Modernization” and the Structural Constraints of Greek Politics’, West European Politics: Special Issue on The Challenge of Modernisation: Politics and Policy in Greece; 28, 2. LSE Research Online ID: 23152

Featherstone, K. and D. Papadimitriou, (2007) ‘Manipulating Rules, Contesting Solutions: Europeanization and the Politics of Restructuring Olympic Airways’, Government and Opposition, 42, 1: 46-72.

Featherstone, K. and D. Papadimitriou, (2008) The Limits of Europeanization: Reform Capacity and Policy Conflict in Greece; London, Palgrave [translated into Greek and published by Okto, 2010]. Available from LSE on request

Papadimitriou, D. and K. Featherstone, (2009) ‘The Naked Emperor: Prime Ministerial leadership and core executive management in post-1974 Greece’, Conference, ‘The Challenge of Reform in Greece, 1974-2009: Assessment and Prospects’, Yale University, USA, 8-9 May. LSE Research Online ID: 51512

Featherstone, K. and D. Papadimitriou, (2013) ‘The Emperor has no Clothes! Power and Resources within the Greek Core Executive’, Governance, 26, 3: 523–545.

Featherstone, K. and D. Papadimitriou (2015) Prime Ministers in Greece: The Paradox of Power. Oxford University Press.

Evidence of impact

Kathimerini, Athens: 22.2.09;


Earlier newspaper articles by Featherstone on the same agenda are in ‘Kathimerini’ and ‘Ethnos’

Featherstone interview in ‘Economiki Epitheorisi’ (Athens) entitled ‘Who holds the power? The PM, the Cabinet, and the reality’, April 2010 issue.

Kevin Featherstone, ‘The Emperor Has No Clothes! Greek Prime Ministers and the Problem of Reform Capacity’, Public Lecture at the Residence of the British Ambassador, H.E. David Landsman, 11 November 2010. Attended by inter alia current and former ministers, advisers, journalists. A speech by Alexis Papahelas, editor of Kathimerini, at this lecture affirmed Featherstone’s pre-eminent influence on the reform of the PM’s Office.

Report of the Advisory Committee for the Modernisation of the Operation of the Government’. Submitted to the Prime Minister, Georgios Papandreou, Athens, 2010. Rapporteur: Kevin Featherstone. Submitted to Greek Parliament, 2011. 

Kathimerini newspaper (30.1.11; page 12). [This cites Featherstone as making power-point presentations to Prime Minister Papandreou on the reform agenda].

Presidential Decree, 2, 11 January 2011.

OECD report on Greece in 2011, p. 25. - The preparation of an OECD report [‘Greece: Review of the Central Administration’; OECD, Paris, 2011] involved private inputs from Featherstone and it cited the work of Featherstone and Papadimitriou on the subject.

See IMF, ‘Greece: Letter of Intent, Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies, and Technical. Memorandum of Understanding’; March 2012 , and the ‘Troika’s subsequent monitoring reports on Greece, for example . 

Law 4109, (passed by Parliament 23.1.2013) provided for the creation of a General Secretariat for the Coordination of the Government, answerable directly to the Prime Minister. The new service is staffed by 63 permanent civil servants, headed by a Secretary General appointed on a 5-year term (see in particular Article 18, for the position of Sec Gen). 

From speech in Greek Parliament: (all in Greek; KF is mentioned between 44:00 and 45:34 mins) 

Translation from Greek to English (44:00-45:30) “I want to read an article, which I saw today, written by Kevin Featherstone, who knows Greece very well, and highlights this important element. And it is an element which we should highlight in our negotiations and contacts we all have with other Parliaments, other people and other factors in the European Union. He was talking about a very specific area, but I think this could be expanded to other areas too: ‘The danger today is that the research infrastructure in Greece, as well as many other related institutions, may disintegrate due to the inordinate pressures being placed on the country. I ask your readers to appreciate being asked to restructure an entire research establishment, not even in months but in only a few weeks, as is being currently demanded by Greece’s international creditors. Under the inordinate time pressure of the “troika”, the only choice is to make financial cuts indiscriminately and without evaluation, with potentially grave consequences to the future prospects for recovery. Greece’s creditor governments need not doubt the will to engage in deep-rooted reforms, but it is imperative – indeed, in the interests of both Greece and Europe – that the country be afforded the opportunity for an orderly implementation of such measures’ This is exactly what we assert.”

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