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Prime Ministers in Greece: The Paradox of Power

Kevin Featherstone and Dimitris Papadimitriou


This book is concerned with a large question in one small, but highly problematic case: how can prime ministers establish control and coordination across their government? The Greek system of government sustains a ‘paradox of power’ at its very core. The Constitution provides the Prime Minister with extensive and often unchecked powers. Yet, the operational structures, processes, and resources around the Prime Minister undermine their power to manage the government. Through a study of all the main premierships between 1974 and 2009, the book argues that the Greek Prime Minister has been ‘an em ... More

Keywords: Greece, Prime Minister, leadership, control, coordination, government, governance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198717171
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717171.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Featherstone, author
Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science

Dimitris Papadimitriou, author
Professor of Politics and Director of the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE), University of Manchester