Greece: ‘Rationalizing’ Constitutional Powers in a Post-dictatorial Country

Georgios Trantas, Paraskevi Zagoriti, Torbjörn Bergman, Wolfgang C. Müller and Kaare Strøm

in Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780198297840
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602016 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

Greece: ‘Rationalizing’ Constitutional Powers in a Post-dictatorial Country

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The Greek process of delegation is highly institutionalized and exhaustively regulated by the Constitution. The Constitution gives the cabinet strong stability and leverage over the parliament, creating one of the most powerful governments in Western Europe. Clientelistic networks are important in Greece and complicate the delegation chain.

Keywords: authoritarian political tradition; cabinet stability; civil society; clientelism; constitutional reform; Greek-Orthodox church; institutionalization

Chapter.  12693 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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