Incomplete Greek Territorial Consolidation: From the First (1998) to the Second (2008-09) Wave of Reforms

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dc.contributor.author Hlepas, NK en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-01T02:00:25Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-01T02:00:25Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en
dc.identifier.issn 0300-3930 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/29099
dc.subject Greece en
dc.subject territorial reform en
dc.subject amalgamations en
dc.subject decentralisation en
dc.subject Southern Europe en
dc.subject socialist governments en
dc.subject Europeanisation en
dc.subject democratisation en
dc.subject.classification Planning & Development en
dc.subject.classification Political Science en
dc.subject.classification Public Administration en
dc.title Incomplete Greek Territorial Consolidation: From the First (1998) to the Second (2008-09) Wave of Reforms en
heal.type journalArticle en
heal.language English en
heal.publicationDate 2010 en
heal.abstract The modern Greek state has been consolidated through the imposition of centralism and the abandonment of the former autonomist tradition which characterised the kind of fragmented society that was typical of the many countries that experienced Ottoman rule. Like other Southern European states, Greece experienced periods of civil war, authoritarian state practices, and dictatorship, before the establishment of a stabilised Third Republic in 1974. By the beginning of the 1980s, an overwhelming majority believed that public administration would become friendlier to citizens if many responsibilities were delegated to the municipalities. Socialist governments (1981-1989) undertook several decentralisation reforms, but were hesitant to promote obligatory amalgamations. The need for efficiency was the main argument for the Capodistrias Plan of amalgamations (1997) that were intended to restructure the first tier and create new, stronger municipalities. The majority of public opinion and political personnel seemed to approve the option of territorial reforms. By 2007, former opponents of the reform, namely the conservative leaders, initiated a debate on a second wave of amalgamations, thus implicitly acknowledging the success of territorial reform or at least the positive dynamics of a transformation that had to be completed. Dominant reasons which motivated amalgamations during the 1990s were Europeanisation combined with efficiency prerogatives. Territorial consolidation responded, furthermore, to emerging needs for complying with new articulations of entrepreneurial and sectoral interests. Nowadays, re-scaling is obviously combined to managerialist approaches that demand the creation of fewer and bigger structures that are expected to be more efficient and less costly. en
dc.identifier.isi ISI:000277586900003 en
dc.identifier.volume 36 en
dc.identifier.issue 2 en
dc.identifier.spage 223 en
dc.identifier.epage 249 en

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