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When do crises centralise decision-making? The core executive in the Greek economic crisis

Featherstone, Kevin and Papadimitriou, Dimitris (2023) When do crises centralise decision-making? The core executive in the Greek economic crisis. Journal of European Public Policy. ISSN 1350-1763

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13501763.2023.2213272


When can crises overcome the fragmentation of a core executive and facilitate a centralised management response? Here, we identify the latter by reference to the concept of a ‘crisis response network’ (CRN). We draw on several literatures that refer to crisis centralisation and develop hypotheses that comprise likely contributing factors. We explore these hypotheses in the setting of a core executive normally identified as being ‘segmentary’, but which has exhibited centralised management of past crises, and in the context of an acute economic crisis: that is, Greece in its debt crisis in two seminal periods. Based on extensive interviews with all the senior personnel involved, including both Prime Ministers, as well as documentary evidence, we find that the strength of the CRN in leading the crisis response varied and that this was consistent with our hypotheses. We consider the conceptual and empirical implications of our findings.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s).
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2023 09:51
Last Modified: 26 May 2024 05:09

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