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‘Varieties of Capitalism’ and the Greek case: explaining the constraints on domestic reform?

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  • Kevin Featherstone
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    Comparisons of national economic performance or of welfare provision often seek to explain these by reference to the crucial distinguishing structural conditions of each domestic system, grouping countries into relevant typologies. In this context, Greece often stands as something of an exception to the dominant typologies or is simply left out. This paper seeks to partially fill this gap, trying to identify a Greek model/regime by looking into the literatures on neo-corporatism, varieties of capitalism and welfare regimes. To do so, it seeks to evaluate and explain the fate of domestic reform initiatives. Despite the fact that successive governments have expressed a will to enact domestic reforms, Greece’s performance in adopting reforms consistent, for example, with the Lisbon Agenda has been notably poor. Through this discussion, the paper derives a general hypothesis concerning Greece’s problems of ‘reform capacity’, in relation to the Lisbon Agenda.

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    Paper provided by Hellenic Observatory, LSE in its series GreeSE – Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe with number 11.

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    Date of creation: Feb 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:hel:greese:11

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    Keywords: Lisbon Agenda; structural reform; Greek exceptionalism; varieties of capitalism; reform capacity.;

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    1. Amable, Bruno, 1999. "Institutional complementarity and diversity of social systems of innovation and production," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Economic Change and Employment FS I 99-309, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
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