Crisis Management within Government: Papandreou and Tsipras compared

Hosted by the Hellenic Observatory

Online public event, United Kingdom


Professor Kevin Featherstone

Professor Kevin Featherstone

Professor Dimitris Papadimitriou

Professor Dimitris Papadimitriou


Dr Spyros Economides

Dr Spyros Economides

In their book, Prime Ministers in Greece: the Paradox of Power (2015), Featherstone and Papadimitriou argued that there were enduring features of how governments were run from the centre, across time, political parties, and leaders. In that talk, they considered how Papandreou and Tsipras faced those constraints and managed the Greek debt crisis in its two most decisive periods. How did their leadership styles impact on the crisis management?

Meet our speakers and chair

Kevin Featherstone is Eleftherios Venizelos Professor in Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor in European Politics in the European Institute at LSE, where he is also Director of the Hellenic Observatory.

Dimitris Papadimitriou (@d_papadim) is Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester and Director of the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. He has previously held visiting posts at Princeton University, the London School of Economics and Yale University. He is a leading scholar of Greek politics and public policy. His last book, Prime Ministers in Greece: The Paradox of Power (with Kevin Featherstone) was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. He has also published widely on political leadership, policy narratives, European political economy (particularly on the Eurozone crisis) and the EU’s external relations.

Spyros Economides is Associate Professor in International Relations and European Politics at the London School of Economics and Deputy Director of the Hellenic Observatory. His current research concentrates the external relations and security policies of the EU; Europeanisation and foreign policy, and the EU’s relationship with the Western Balkans. Dr Economides is also a regular commentator in national and international media on issues relating to Greece and those of the Western Balkans. His latest publication is Economides and Sperling (eds.) EU Security Strategies: Extending the EU System of Security Governance (2018).

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You can watch the video here.

You can watch the video here.

A copy of the slide presentation is available for download: Crisis Management within Government: Papandreou and Tsipras compared.


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