Nikolaos-Komninos Hlepas

Nikolaos-Komninos Hlepas
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | uoa · Department of Administrative Science and Public Law

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June 1995 - October 2018
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
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Το κεφάλαιο 13 συνοψίζει τα αποτελέσματα μιας διασταυρούμενης σύγκρισης στην οποία ο ρόλος των τοπικών αφηγημάτων και των διακριτών μοτίβων τους, καθώς και η σημασία των επικοινωνιακών μηχανισμών στην ανάδυση ορισμένων τοπικών αφηγηματικών υποδειγμάτων διερευνήθηκε συστηματικά. Αυτή η συστηματική σύγκριση των μελετών περίπτωσης βασίζεται στην ανάλυ...
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Η οικονομική αναδιάρθρωση, η κλιματική και η δημογραφική αλλαγή, η μετανάστευση, αποτελούν ζωτικές προκλήσεις για τις πόλεις μας: Ορισμένες καταφέρνουν να κινητοποιήσουν πόρους και δυναμικό, έτσι ώστε να εισαγάγουν θεσμικές, πολιτισμικές, κοινωνικές και τεχνικές καινοτομίες, ενώ άλλες υστερούν. Σε αυτό το βιβλίο επιχειρείται να δοθεί μια απάντηση σ...
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Chapter 13 summarizes the results of a cross-case comparison in which the role of local narratives and their discursive patterns, as well as the relevance of communicative mechanisms in the emergence of certain local narrative patterns, were systematically investigated. This systematic comparison of case studies is based on an analysis of local dis...
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Η χρηστή τοπική διακυβέρνηση περιλαμβάνει την ικανότητα έγκαιρης αντιμετώπισης των προκλήσεων με πολιτικά νομιμοποιημένο και σύγχρονο τρόπο. Μέσα σε ένα εξαιρετικά ανταγωνιστικό και απαιτητικό περιβάλλον, οι πόλεις χρειάζεται να βελτιώσουν την ανθεκτικότητά τους (resilience) και την αποτελεσματικότητά τους για την επίλυση τόσο των διαχρονικών όσο κ...
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Good local governance includes the ability to meet challenges in a timely, politically legitimate, and state- of-the-art manner. Within an extremely competitive and demanding environment, cities must improve their resilience and their efficiency to resolve both conventional and novel problems, such as climate and demographic change, urban mobility,...
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This article explores the conditions under which institutional and cultural innovations have taken place in two Greek cities: Athens and Elefsina. Against the backdrop of the economic crisis (as well as the refugee influx), both cities made an effort to promote innovative policies in order to deal with fierce economic and social implications of the...
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Fiscal consolidation in Greek and German local governments differs for many reasons. While some German local governments experienced a long period of austerity, driven by economic decline and federal and state measures, the global financial crisis and ‘troika’ programme caused the need for harsh austerity measures in Greece. In addition, there is a...
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Κάποιες πόλεις καταφέρνουν να προωθούν καινοτόμες δράσεις κι έτσι να ανταποκρίνονται σε προκλήσεις όπως η δημογραφική αλλαγή, η μετανάστευση και η οικονομική αναδιάρθρωση, ενώ άλλες αποτυγχάνουν. Το ερευνητικό έργο «Προϋποθέσεις για Θεσμική και Πολιτισμική Καινοτομία σε Γερμανικές και Ελληνικές πόλεις» επιχειρεί να εξετάσει το πρόβλημα του ελλείμμα...
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Einige Städte schaffen es, Innovationspotenziale zu mobilisieren und auf Herausforderungen wie demografischen Wandel und Zuwanderung sowie wirtschaftliche Umstrukturierung zu reagieren, andere hingegen nicht. Das Projekt „Bedingungen für institutionelle und kulturelle Innovation in deutschen und griechischen Städten“ („Conditions for Institutional...
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Some cities manage to mobilise innovation potentials and respond to challenges such as demographic change and immigration and economic restructuring, while others do not. The project on Conditions for Institutional and Cultural Innovation in German and Greek Cities (CICI) addresses the problem of lack of innovation and how it can be solved by ident...
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Ο Ευρωπαϊκός Χάρτης Τοπικής Αυτονομίας (ΕΧΤΑ) αποτέλεσε την πρώτη διεθνή συνθήκη που κατοχυρώνει την τοπική αυτοδιοίκηση ως θεσμό και ρυθμίζει συστηματικά τις θεμελιώδεις πτυχές της. Ως σημαντικό συμβατικό κείμενο για τη δημοκρατία και τις πολιτικές ελευθερίες, ο Χάρτης έχει πλέον επικυρωθεί από όλα τα κράτη μέλη του Συμβουλίου της Ευρώπης. Η επίδρ...
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EU policies promoting markets and competition were institutionally imposed on Greece by the EC in the 1980s and 1990s. The sovereign debt crisis which first emerged in 2010 has changed the rules of the game. External players, that is, the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Europe...
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This chapter scrutinises access as the entrance mechanisms local authorities dispose of towards their upper tiers of government. Apparent in much of the literature on intergovernmental relations conceptual consensus emerges on the existence of two main modes of vertical linkage: a direct and individual variant and an indirect and institutionalised...
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This chapter analyses regulations and practices related to the financial aspects of local autonomy. It refers to fiscal federalism theory but it also shows that European practice differs from the assumption of the theory. It discusses how basis of financial autonomy is defined and protected by the European Charter of Local Government. The analysis...
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This chapter develops a comprehensive and empirically applicable concept to measure the autonomy of local government in the 39 European countries covered. To this end, we first discuss already existing measurements and typologies of local autonomy and decentralisation. We argue that existing data on fiscal decentralisation only tells part of the st...
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The balance between local autonomy and central control is a perennial issue in the territorial organisation of states. Despite the importance of local autonomy, there is little theoretical convergence regarding the core elements of the concept, and a limited number of studies try to measure local autonomy comparatively. This volume aims at filling...
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This chapter examines the supervision of local authorities’ actions by upper levels of government. The starting point is that all regional or national authorities exercise a certain type of administrative control over the activities of local governments. However, there is diversity among systems both in the scope (legality v. expediency) of supervi...
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This chapter looks at the organisational autonomy of local government seen as the possibilities municipalities have to choose their political institutions and to organise their local administration. In some countries municipalities can decide on elements of their electoral system or on the form and the size of their local executive, but in most of...
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The purpose of the chapter is to analyse variations in local policy autonomy across countries and over time. Policy autonomy refers to the tasks that local authorities perform and the discretion they enjoy in the performance of those tasks. Policy autonomy is at the heart of local democracy as it sets the range of policy choice open to the elected...
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A basic argument of this chapter is that an analysis of local government systems should take into consideration the double role of local authorities: governance for the sake of the citizens’ community and for the sake of the state. Focusing on the accountability and responsiveness of decision-makers, we argue that these are the main configuring fac...
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The legal status of local autonomies in modern states has been the subject of a long discourse. Constitutionalist movements, legal theory and the dialogue between high courts have been elaborating common understandings nowadays enshrined in provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government which were also used for the construction of loca...
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In this chapter we attempt to create an index of local autonomy. Ideally, such an index includes all the different aspects of local autonomy discussed in the literature and combines them according to their importance. The chapter emphasises the choices made while constructing the index and suggests different ways to test the results. Given the mult...
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In this final chapter, we recall the importance of local autonomy as it is promoted by many international organisations and the theoretical foundations of the concept. Subsequently, we summarise findings on the different variables measured and outline the patterns of local autonomy found among the 39 countries under scrutiny, as well as to the over...
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This chapter develops an empirical typology of local autonomy clustering countries with similar configurations. Aligning with the discrete quantitative approach emerging in the comparative literature, it tries to add depth and scope to the existing classifications whilst critically engaging with them. Empirically, the chapter draws on the dimension...
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In this chapter local autonomy is treated as an independent variable. We want to know whether there is a causal link between the degree of autonomy and the performance of the different countries in terms of the quality of democracy, economic growth, corruption and happiness. The chapter starts with some theoretical remarks concerning the expected i...
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The previous chapters of the book have identified substantial and persistent patterns of variation in terms of local autonomy and its components across the 39 countries covered by the present study. This chapter seeks to explain the variation of local autonomy by trying to identify drivers of variation. Six hypotheses are explored in this regard wi...
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The main purpose of this chapter is to trace persistence and change in leadership styles. Empirical findings show that mayoral leadership has changed considerably over the previous 12 years. Nowadays, the European mayors adopt an open and more cooperative exercise of power, instead of the authoritarian track. Strategic leadership predispositions in...
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This chapter looks for main differences among local government systems as well as similarities among them. This has been done by the authors with the aim to grasp the institutional setting in which mayors have to act. The authors did it by updating and extending existing typologies and indices of local government systems. Nevertheless, an extension...
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This book considers local autonomy, measured as a multidimensional concept, from a cross-country comparative perspective, and examines how variations can be explained and what their consequences are. It fills a gap in the literature by providing a comprehensive study of the different components of local autonomy across a large number of countries,...
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«Δημοσιονομική Εξυγίανση στην τοπική αυτοδιοίκηση». Η τοπική αυτοδιοίκηση παρέμεινε στη σκιά του ευρύτατου δημόσιου διαλόγου αλλά και των εξαιρετικά γόνιμων επιστημονικών αναζητήσεων για την κρίση. Το βιβλίο αυτό επιχειρεί να καλύψει το κενό, αξιοποιώντας τα πορίσματα σχετικής έρευνας ως προς τη δημοσιονομική προσαρμογή σε επιλεγμένες πόλεις. Πώς...
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After a short period of transition to democracy, Greece joined EC in 1981, in spite of its obvious misfit. Europeanization exercised strong adaptation pressure. Being one of the most centralist countries in Europe, Greece introduced decentralization reforms as part of a wider democratization endeavour. New policy fields were introduced and the dome...
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After a short period of transition to democracy, Greece joined EC in 1981, in spite of its obvious misfit. Europeanization exercised strong adaptation pressure. Being one of the most centralist countries in Europe, Greece introduced decentralization reforms as part of a wider democratization endeavour. New policy fields were introduced and the dome...
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Institutionalized Local State-Society Relations: the case of Greece
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In Europe, different countries developed a rich variety of sub-municipal institutions. Out of the plethora of intra- and sub-municipal decentralization forms (reaching from local outposts of city administration to “quasi-federal” structures), this book focuses on territorial sub-municipal units (SMUs) which combine multipurpose territorial responsi...
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This chapter discusses the evolution of sub-municipal governance in Greece, which has been top-down conceptualized and implemented. Starting from big cities and the “participatory euphoria” of the eighties, sub-municipal institutions increased spectacularly by numbers with the two major waves of amalgamations in 1998 and 2010. Top-down conceived an...
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This book explores sub-municipal units’ (SMU) role in decision making, decentralized institutional innovation, social innovation and, in rural areas, service delivery. Focusing on fourteen European countries, the book examines the impact of political cultures, administrative traditions and local government systems on the functioning of the SMUs. An...
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The crisis exposed Greek municipalities to bilateral financial pressures from cutbacks and increased needs for social assistance. They were directly affected by cheese-slice austerity measures that were implemented in the whole public sector (hiring freeze, cutbacks of salaries, dismissal of employees on contract basis) and successive cutbacks of s...
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Is it the twilight of decentralization ? Testing the limits of functional reforms in the era of austerity Economic crisis and rigid austerity seem to have brought a long-lasting period of decentralization to an end. The comeback of centralist patterns offers the rapid implementation of austerity measures, while the lack of resources is challenging...
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Local governments are important childcare service producers. This chapter delineates their corresponding features across Europe, explores adjustments in childcare governance and discusses its consequences. The EU has, to a certain extent, harmonized child daycare by setting common goals. However, the recent changes in this policy area, arising from...
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Economic crisis and rigid austerity seem to have brought a long-lasting period of decentralization to an end. The comeback of centralist patterns offers the rapid implementation of austerity measures, while the lack of resources is challenging the sustainability of decentralized services. There is an obvious inconsistency between European decentral...
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Municipal councillors are the largest group of directly elected politicians. They maintain bonds with a wide spectrum of actors within local society, and many are also active party members. In becoming members of a collective organ, namely the Municipal Council, councillors participate in ongoing processes of deliberation, bargaining and decision-m...
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Prior to the formation of the modern Greek state, the Greek islands were traditionally seen to be practically autonomous. Immediately after the war of independence (1821–1833) a “Napoleonic” and centralist unitary state imposed extensive legal restrictions and hierarchical public policies on the islands.
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Successive waves of local government reforms (territorial and functional) in Greece have depended on factors highlighted in this paper, which focuses on ‘institutional evaluation’ and the achievement or failure of institutional change. Furthermore, ‘performance evaluation’ of institutional change is also attempted, based on dimensions/indicators co...
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The current volume reproduces papers presented in the Workshop which was organized in Athens, in February 2010 by the European Public Law Organization (EPLO) and the Faculty of Public Administration – National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (NSPSPA), Bucharest. The workshop entitled “Public Administration in the Balkans – fro...
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The modern Greek state has been consolidated through the imposition of centralism and the abandonment of the former autonomist tradition which characterised the kind of fragmented society that was typical of the many countries that experienced Ottoman rule. Like other Southern European states, Greece experienced periods of civil war, authoritarian...
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By the beginning of the 1980s, an overwhelming majority believed that public administration would become friendlier to the average citizen if a great number of responsibilities would be delegated to the municipalities. Socialist governments (1981-1989) undertook several decentralization reforms, but were hesitated in promoting obligatory amalgamati...
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Between 1996 and 1999 the number of municipalities in Greece was reduced from 5,825 to 1,033 as a result of forced amalgamations. This chapter seeks to provide a basis for understanding these amalgamations and the events that have occurred in their wake. At the outset the chapter seeks to establish a conceptual frame of reference that connects terr...
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The fragmentation of local government structures (more than 120 municipalities), combined with the traditional ‘sectoral federalism’ within a centralist state, the lack of visible democratic legitimacy and political responsibility for the whole region, could not foster the implementation of coherent policies for the metropolitan area of Athens....
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According to an interactionist approach (Elgie 1995), political leadership derives from a process in which political leaders matter, inasmuch as they not only shape the course of the decision making process, but are, simultaneously, themselves shaped and constrained by a set of factors (Elgie 1995: 13). Therein, the interdependence between the stru...
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Local government systems are usually perceived as independent variables when considering (possible) differences in recruitment patterns, professionalisation, the position of mayors in local and multi-level governance arrangements (or horizontal and vertical policy networks), the interpretation (or notion) of democracy, problem definition as well as...
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The formation of the Greek state has been connected to the imposition of centralism and the abandon of a great autonomist tradition. Nevertheless, local self-government never stopped being perceived as a political institution, which played an important role for the rivalry among the political parties. During the last two decades, self-government ha...
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From the very beginning, the formation of the Modern Greek state (in 1833) has been connected to the imposition of centralism and the abandonment of an old self-government tradition (Clogg 1992). Right after the victory of Constitutionalism (1844), local self-government was established as an important arena for party competition and an indispensabl...
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À l'inverse du cas espagnol, la ville d'Athènes n'a pas de véritable concurrent national en matière d'extension urbaine et d'évolution démographique. D'où la difficulté de gérer une capitale disproportionnée, dont les ressortissants, aux dires de l'auteur, restent prioritairement attachés à leur province d'origine.

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