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Competing frames, domestic discretion and uneven outcomes: administrative reform in greece under the crisis

Spanou, Calliope (2019) Competing frames, domestic discretion and uneven outcomes: administrative reform in greece under the crisis. GreeSE Papers (139). Hellenic Observatory, European Institute, London, UK.

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In the past nine years, the Greek administration has undergone a wide range of reforms. Did the high ambitions translate into significant change? In order to provide some answers, the paper examines and compares the outcome of administrative reforms that took place in the past years in two core state areas relating to the use of state resources and presenting similar problems: (i) budgeting and fiscal management and (ii) human resources management. Reforms in these areas are assessed in relation to targeted administrative deficiencies. The main research finding is that change has been uneven affecting at different degrees the policy core. The ambitious agenda primarily resulted in the modernisation of policy instruments. New policy frames competed with old ones, sometimes prevailing and sometimes being captured and hollowed out. In fiscal management there is significant change, challenging deeper policy frames and patterns accounting for critical deficiencies. In contrast, in HRM reforms results are rather unambitious. Thus the changes introduced are mostly secondary and do not challenge the core of pre-existing policy arrangements. The paper offers an explanation of these uneven outcomes and questions the conditions of reform sustainability.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2019 The Author
Divisions: Hellenic Observatory
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2019 10:36
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 23:09

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