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Leader is the one who thinks strategically and therefore the one who avoids mistakes

Written by Dimitris Argyriadis on .

flagThe election campaign in USA: are there similarities with Greece?

Despite the many differences between the two countries, USA and Greece meet in one point, at least. In both countries, occur aspects of the pathology called the patronage system. Clienteles are different and act differently. In Greece, strikes, marches and occupations, not only hit a record but they are also original, to the extent that recently took the form of “warning” strikes. 

In the USA, by contrast, strikes are rare. Coincidentally, two days ago, the strike of Elementary School Teachers of Chicago area, came to an end. It was, however, the first in twenty five years, and moreover, ending with a consensus of the two opposing sides. Marchesarealsoscarce,wecertainly hadtheWall Street “occupation”- but even though, they never block the streets or impede the traffic.

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Universities and Politics

Written by Effie Lambropoulou on .

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Criticism of public universities in Greece has been intense recently and becomes even stronger given latest economic developments on one hand and standing commitments of the country to European institutions in the field of higher education on the other. Criticism is aboutthe social role of universities, the management of their resources and their level of performance. Underneath this criticism, lies a general debate concerning the public sector and its effectiveness in delivering services, an issue that continues to exert great attraction to the community and parties. As far as I know, in no other European country is the quality of higher education and universities in particular, so hardly disputed as it is in Greece the last fifteen years. But politicians, media and citizens criticism lacks strong arguments and relevant evidence, while poor investment in higher education and research is not taken into account.

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Υπέρ μιας ισχυρής Διακυβέρνησης

Written by Παναγιώτης Καρκατσούλης on .

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GovernanceΕνώπιον των  κυβερνητικών επιλογών για οριζόντιες περικοπές με σκοπό τη δημοσιονομική προσαρμογή ενός διαρκώς εκτροχιαζόμενου δημόσιου τομέα, ας προσπαθήσουμε –ακόμη μια φορά- να επαναφέρουμε (ή να εγκαινιάσουμε) μια άλλη συζήτηση: Εκείνη, δηλαδή, που θεωρεί σημαντικότερη των περικοπών και της δημοσιονομικής προσαρμογής, τους θεσμούς της Διακυβέρνησης (για τους οποίους όμως, απαιτούνται μεταρρυθμίσεις και αλλαγές εκ βαθέων, πολύ μεγαλύτερης δυσκολίας από τις επιχειρούμενες).

Θεωρητικώς, υπάρχει εκ μέρους τόσο των εθνικών κυβερνήσεων της περιόδου του Μνημονίου όσο και των δανειστών, μια υποστήριξη των μεταρρυθμίσεων, αν κι αυτές έχουν περισσότερο τον χαρακτήρα του «μαϊντανού», ως αναγκαίο συμπλήρωμα των υπολοίπων δράσεων – εκείνων, δηλαδή, των οποίων μνεία γίνεται στη δανειακή σύμβαση, και αφορούν τη «δημοσιονομική προσαρμογή».

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Athens: Illegal markets in a disintegrating city

Written by Effi Lambropoulou on .

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HoodiesGreece’s debt crisis, shrinking economy, surging unemployment and the continuous waves of illegal immigrants have transformed Athens, once considered one of Europe’s safest capitals, into a city with a growing public sense of insecurity.[i]

Here we refer only to some findings from a middle scale research which has been carried out since January 2011 in an Athenian community.

Today, a part of the city centre of Athens is actually being divided into 'sectors of influence'[ii] by several criminally-involved immigrant groups, while two out of seven Athenian communities are largely controlled by organised crime. Next to the centre and in an axis of approximately two kilometres, previously bourgeois quarters have been gradually 'colonised' by 'legal'-illegal immigrant groups with the support of certain locals and in particular real estate 'gangs' and proprietors, bookkeepers, civil engineers and lawyers.

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For a new administrative solidarity

Written by Panagiotis Karkatsoulis on .

SolidarityEnglish Translation by Sophia Bakoyianni.

The future of the Greek state seems to be, by a first glance, mortgaged: Series of problems justifies this ominous prediction. Among others, the followings are considered to be the most important problems, in order of priority:

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The sociological citizen

Written by Panagiotis Karkatsoulis on .

citizenMuch has been written and even more has been tried regarding the product of the osmosis between the rational and the irrational. The combination of the formal written norms with the oral tradition is no longer considered a pathodology, on the contrary, it is the means for inspiration and productivity both in the private and the public sector’s organizations. The heterogeneity of human action versus the homogeneity of the rational norms seems to create a model of an active subject that does not agree neither with the rationalists of therational choicenor with the individualists of “methodological individualism”. According to Piore[1] the sociological citizen[2] is much more concerned with the “management of the organizational culture” than with the direct management of the operating agents. He is investigating the “systemic consequences of a complex organization”. Therefore innovative managers and imaginative implementation of regulations are needed, that go way beyond the norms. Standard and innovative trends are fused in order to achieve the organizational objectives.

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Ces erreurs que nous avons faites en Grèce

Written by Reza Lahidji on .

stopLes élections législatives grecques du 17 juin ont donc conduit à la formation d’un nouveau gouvernement favorable à une ligne de dialogue avec les créanciers internationaux du pays, ouvrant la porte à une reprise effective des négociations entre les deux parties.

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The formation of a consistent service delivery policy

Written by Alexandra Theodosiadi on .

catching formsThe policy for service delivery is a horizontal policy cutting vertically across sectoral policies and involving all the administration levels. However its limits are not clearly determined since up to now service delivery policy is not defined by law but exists in ad hoc structures and procedures resulting in the absence of a structured policy that shall stipulate the relation between the state, the citizens and the clients/businesses. The absence of such a policy is indicative of the general absence of discourse about the definition of the service delivery policy and aiming to the formation of a structured policy that would meet the current needs.

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Sources of inefficiencies in Greek public administration: the expansion of organizational structures

Written by Petros Katsimardos on .

MirrorsOrganizational structure is the foundation upon which all functions are based, thus affecting all aspects of organizational behavior both internally and externally. Organizations’ capability to achieve goals, optimize the use of resources and respond to -dynamically changing- environment demands, is largely depending on the form and characteristics of its’  structure.

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Administrative Reform and the Greek Parties

Written by Constantinos Bouas on .

BallotThe ongoing administrative reform effort is one of the most critical issues of concern for the administrative science in Greece.  Considering the longstanding structural weaknesses of the public administration, as well as the explicit commitments of the Greek State deriving from the MoU, it is easy to realize the urgency of immediate and effective implementation of public sector reform package.

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