In Greece, public administration receives as a rule the strongest criticism by the Media, NGOs, economy and international organisations as being too slow, too big, inefficient and expensive for what it offers; but above all for being the basic impediment to transparency and hence the development of the country, unlike the private economy which usually presents itself as the main ‘victim’ of bureaucracy and ‘corruption’.
From January 2006 until December 2008 Panteion University, in cooperation with the National School of Public Administration, participated in an EU research study, led by the University of Konstanz/Germany, concerning the construction of corruption in certain European countries. Public administration was among the additional groups examined in the national research due to its special interest. The main findings of the qualitative research will only be briefly outlined here (Part III).
Before that, the article will give a general overview of social and historical facts concerning the development of the administrative organization in Greece, in order the context of the discourse for this group to be easier understood (Part II.1), while causes of public concern about corruption will be described, along with legal and institutional changes which have been introduced in Greece to promote transparency (Part II.2)
For the present paper, newer reports of national audit bodies and services, as well as of international organisations were taken into account (2009-11). In addition, hard data were also analysed (Part II).