Clientelism and Economic Policy: Greece and the Crisis

Trantidis, Aris (2016) Clientelism and Economic Policy: Greece and the Crisis. Routledge Advances in European Politics . Routledge, London and New York. ISBN 9781317326601

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With its deep economic crisis and dramatic political developments Greece has puzzled Europe and the world. What explains its long-standing problems and its incapacity to reform its economy?

Using an analytic narrative and a comparative approach, the book studies the pattern of economic reforms in Greece between 1985 and 2015. It finds that clientelism - the allocation of selective benefits by political actors (patrons) to their supporters (clients) - created a strong policy bias that prevented the country from implementing deep-cutting reforms. The book shows that the clientelist system differs from the general image of interest-group politics and that the typical view of clientelism, as individual exchange between patrons and clients, has not fully captured the wide range and implications of this phenomenon. From this, the author develops a theory on clientelism and policy-making, addressing key questions on the politics of economic reform, government autonomy and party politics.

The book is an essential addition to the literatures on clientelism, public choice theory, and comparative political economy. It will be of key interest to scholars and students of European Union politics, economic policy and party politics.

Additional Information:Book reviews published in: Public Choice, Volume 173, Issue 1-2, 2017 Political Studies Review, Volume 15, Issue 4, 2017 Cato Journal, Volume 37, Issue 2, 2017 Mediterranean Quarterly, Volume 28, Issue 3, 2017
Keywords:Greek crisis, Clientelism, Patronage, Patron-client relations, Economic policy, Party politics and economic policy, PASOK, New Democracy, Privatization, Politics of economic reform, Structural reforms, Europeanization, Europeanisation, Simitis, History of Greece, Modern Greece, Greek politics, Particularistic politics, Rent-seeking, Corruption, Public Choice, Historical institutionalism, Game theory, Politician's dilemma, Comparative politics, Political economy, Macroeconomic stabilization, Interest groups, Economic history of Greece, Political history of Greece, Party politics and public policy
Subjects:L Social studies > L430 Public Policy
L Social studies > L231 Public Administration
L Social studies > L224 Oligarchy
L Social studies > L170 Economic Systems
L Social studies > L113 Economic Policy
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V200 History by area
L Social studies > L241 European Union Politics
L Social studies > L200 Politics
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V147 Modern History 1950-1999
L Social studies > L380 Political Sociology
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V310 Economic History
L Social studies > L150 Political Economics
L Social studies > L260 Comparative Politics
L Social studies > L171 Capitalism
L Social studies > L210 Political Theories
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V148 Modern History 2000-2099
L Social studies > L222 Democracy
L Social studies > L243 Politics of a specific country/region
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:19 Oct 2018 08:25

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