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At the Centre of a Galaxy

Kevin Featherstone and Dimitris Papadimitriou

in Prime Ministers in Greece

Published in print July 2015 | ISBN: 9780198717171
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191785924 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717171.003.0004
At the Centre of a Galaxy

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The chapter examines the prime-ministerial tenures of Andreas Papandreou (1981–9 and 1993–6). It starts with a review of the formative experiences that shaped his leadership credentials. It then discusses the outlook of his inner-circle with particular reference to the structure and activism of the Prime Minister’s Office. The chapter proceeds with an examination of Papandreou’s management of his Cabinet and the institutional framework for supporting government business. It is argued that, despite empowerment of his Prime Minister’s Office, Papandreou’s diffused and relatively detached management style exacerbated problems of control and coordination within his government, which operated under conditions of continuous improvisation and very weak institutionalization.

Keywords: Andreas Papandreou; core executive; Ministerial Council; Cabinet; leadership style; Prime Minister’s Office; Greece

Chapter.  15243 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; European Union

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