Political Economy of Greece (1974–2009)

  • Mustafa Kutlay
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


The chapter discusses the consolidation of a reactive state in post-authoritarian Greece. Kutlay argues that weakening capacity of the Greek state was informed through path-dependent interactions between agents and institutional structures along domestic-international nexus. The chapter also examines the reform performance of Kostas Simitis, who tried to launch a new policy path for Greece in mid-1990s. Kutlay argues that Simitis could achieve limited success due to the fact that the EU factor failed to play a genuine trigger role in instigating a virtuous cycle of reform activism and the political parties, trade unions, and business associations did not support the narrative Simitis adopted to initiate new set of economic reforms. The chapter also analyzes the accumulation of economic problems during Karamanlis governments with reference to the structure of the monetary union and financialization of Greek economy.


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  • Mustafa Kutlay
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  1. 1.City University of LondonLondonUK

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