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Controlled negative reciprocity between the state and civil society: the Greek case

Etienne, Julien (2013) Controlled negative reciprocity between the state and civil society: the Greek case. Hellenic Observatory papers on Greece and Southeast Europe (71). Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Rarely do discussions on state-society relationship meet with discussions on street-level encounters between members of civil society and state agents. This article intends to bridge this gap by discussing state-society relationships in Greece as they can be understood from a pattern of minor illegalities from the part of both state agents and members civil society, and non-enforcement. The approach consists in building from that pattern an ideal-type of mutual hostility and controlled negative reciprocity between state and society. Albeit produced through a multitude of unconnected and uncoordinated interactions between members of civil society and public rules/public agents, a relationship of controlled negative reciprocity holds as a coherent pattern, already discussed in previous works by Simmel, Campbell, Clastres and Gouldner. This ‘ideal-type’ contributes both the literature on state society relationships and the literature on regulatory encounters, and it sheds new light on contemporary Greece before and during the crisis.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2013 the Author
Divisions: European Institute
Hellenic Observatory
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 29 May 2013 12:26
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 23:17

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