Prime Ministers in Greece: The Paradox of Power by Kevin Featherstone
This book means a big question in one small but very problematic issue: how can the prime minister establish control and coordination through his government? The Greek regime supports the…
Prime Ministers in Greece synopsis
This book means a big question in one small but very problematic issue: how can the prime minister establish control and coordination through his government? The Greek regime supports the "irony of power" in essence. The Constitution provides that the Prime Minister has wide and often unqualified powers.
However, the operational structures, processes and resources around the Prime Minister undermine their ability to manage the government. By studying all the prime ministers between 1974 and 2009, prime ministers in Greece argue that the Greek prime minister was an "emperor without clothes".
The costs of this discrepancy included the inability to achieve key political goals under successive governments and a fragmented system of government that provided the backdrop for Greece's economic collapse in 2010. Based on an unprecedented array of interviews and archival material, Fisherstone and Papadimitrio began to explore how this contradiction was maintained.
They conclude with the Greek regime, which meets the "enemies": the close supervision of its government by the "Troika" - representatives of the Greek creditors. The debt crisis challenged taboos and forced self-reflection.
However, it remains unclear whether a foreign strategy or domestic response is likely to be sufficient to make the Greek regime "fit for purpose".
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