LEADING REFORM AMIDST TRANSBOUNDARY CRISES: LESSONS FROM GREECE
Article first published online: 14 FEB 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Volume 91, Issue 3, pages 648–662, September 2013
How to Cite
ZAHARIADIS, N. (2013), LEADING REFORM AMIDST TRANSBOUNDARY CRISES: LESSONS FROM GREECE. Public Administration, 91: 648–662. doi: 10.1111/padm.12015
- Issue published online: 17 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 14 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Received: 30 APR 2012
Applying a leadership–task perspective within the context of the Greek sovereign debt crisis (2009–12), the study finds that the imperatives of short-term crisis management conflict with the ability of Greek leaders to effectively implement long-term reforms. Electoral gains, crisis duration, centralized decision-making, and the degree of external actor involvement explain the choice between credible response and effective recovery. Despite beneficial effects, the activation of external stakeholders ultimately weakens the impetus for reform. The study has implications for political leadership and EU crisis management.