Despina Alexiadou

in Ideologues, Partisans, and Loyalists

Published in print March 2016 | ISBN: 9780198755715
Published online April 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191816864 | DOI:

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Chapter 9 investigates the policy role of Greek ministers of social affairs, employment, and finance. Starting in 1981 to the year 2000, the chapter study four social democratic single-party majority cabinets. Greece was at a very different developmental level in the eighties, both in terms of democratic institutions but also in terms of its social welfare and labor market policies than the rest of Western Europe. As such, by studying Greece, this chapter tests the impact of ministerial types in polities that do not meet the political and socio-economic standards of Northern European countries. The main finding is that ministers are dominated by the prime minister and ministerial tenure is brief. As a result, more loyalists are appointed but also ideologues and partisans are not successful in adopting their policy agenda as in Ireland and the Netherlands.

Keywords: Greece; cabinet ministers; social affairs ministers; employment ministers; finance ministers; prime ministers; single-party majority cabinets; social welfare policies; employment policies

Chapter.  10934 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy ; Comparative Politics

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