IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

The Informal Welfare State and the Family: Invisible Actors in the Greek Drama


  • Antigone Lyberaki
  • Platon Tinios


type="main"> Are European welfare states, especially in the European periphery, ‘fair-weather systems’? Can they survive a sustained and deep crisis and still fulfil basic functions? This article argues that to answer these questions we must look at the interplay between ‘formal’ and ‘informal’, family-based, social protection. Social protection services in all countries, but especially in Southern Europe, have always been provided by a hybrid system comprised of state-based and residual family-based systems, where gender plays a critical role. Austerity tests the capacity of formal welfare provision, and so eats into the liquidity of the informal support system. The crisis is thus transmitted from the state to the family. By examining the case of Greece, the article underlines the need for a joint analysis of both parts of the welfare state in the context of the unfolding crisis. A full understanding of crisis dynamics requires innovation in theoretical approaches, in the type of data needed and in policy thinking.

Suggested Citation

  • Antigone Lyberaki & Platon Tinios, 2014. "The Informal Welfare State and the Family: Invisible Actors in the Greek Drama," Political Studies Review, Political Studies Association, vol. 12(2), pages 193-208, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:pstrev:v:12:y:2014:i:2:p:193-208

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. Lyberaki, Antigone & Tinios, Platon, 2018. "Long-term care, ageing and gender in the Greek crisis," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 90299, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    2. Antigone Liberaki & Platon Tinios, 2015. "La crisis griega 2010-18: una visión desde dentro," Revista de Economía Crítica, Asociación de Economía Crítica, vol. 20, pages 159-171.
    3. Nikolaos Grigorakis & Christos Floros & Haritini Tsangari & Evangelos Tsoukatos, 2017. "Combined social and private health insurance versus catastrophic out of pocket payments for private hospital care in Greece," International Journal of Health Economics and Management, Springer, vol. 17(3), pages 261-287, September.
    4. Persefoni Zeri & Charalambos Tsekeris & Theodore Tsekeris, 2018. "Investigating the Macedonia Naming Dispute in the Twitter Era: Implications for the Greek Identity Crisis," GreeSE – Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe 127, Hellenic Observatory, LSE.
    5. Panagiotis ARTELARIS & George KANDYLIS, 2014. "Mapping Poverty At Regional Level In Greece," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 39, pages 131-147.

    More about this item


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:bla:pstrev:v:12:y:2014:i:2:p:193-208. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Wiley Content Delivery). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.