Reforms in Health Policy during the Greek Bailouts: what makes reform successful and why?

Project Coordinator and Principal Researcher: Dr Theofanis Exadaktylos
Duration: September 2019 - May 2021


Despite consecutive Memoranda of Understanding (2010, 2012 and 2015), heath policy has been slow-moving regarding reform with some successes and failures. This project explores the reasons behind the variable (full, partial and unsuccessful) implementation of reforms in health policy to identify obstacles and constraints. Using the Multiple Streams Framework of the policy process, the project collects evidence from interviews with health policy-related elites and stakeholders in Greece and traces the process of implementation to identify sticky points and configuration of pro- and anti-change coalitions. The project examines three cases:

i) the liberalisation of the pharmacy profession (successful implementation),

ii) family doctor reforms (partial implementation), and

iii) the referral system (unsuccessful implementation).

Project Outputs

Policy Brief and Research Paper

- The Policy Brief is available here.

- Read the Research Paper of the project, which was published as part of the GreeSE working paper series, GreeSE Paper No.188.

Research Team

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Project Coordinator and Principal Researcher: Theofanis Exadaktylos, Senior Lecturer in European Politics, Department of Politics, University of Surrey

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Researcher 1: Nikolaos Zahariadis, Mertie Buckman Chair, Professor of International Studies, Department of International Studies, Rhodes College

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Researcher 2: Ms Maria Mavrikou, Department of Administrative Sciences, University of Athens