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Friday, April 10, 2015

OECD Public Governance Review: Greece 2011

I came across this Public Governance Review which the OECD made of Greece back in 2011. It included 8 key recommendations. The first key recommendation was as follows: 

Key recommendation: There is no evident overall strategic vision to provide purpose and direction to the long-term future of the Greek society and economy, as well as for the short-, medium- and long-term measures to be implemented.

Detail: It is striking that there is no strategic and shared vision of where Greece wants to take its society and its economy. It means that public, media and internal government attention is unhelpfully focused on fiscal issues, with no sense of a broader agenda. There is no clear central steering, clear ownership of reforms, or accountability for results. At the core of its administration, Greece desperately needs a high-level structure which has the authority, responsibility and capacity to lead the development of a strategic vision and direction for public policies, and the effective implementation of this vision in practice and over time.

6 comments:

  1. Key answer: Interim government.
    Would like to ask Samaras to create one. He as the Interim Prime Minister.
    High emergency call to Tsipras & Government to resign because there is no evident overall strategic vision to provide purpose and direction to the long-term future of the Greek society and economy, as well as for the short-, medium- and long-term measures to be implemented.
    There are no signs that this government will ever have insight.
    Time is running out.

    If they won't:
    Keyword: Coup d'état.

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    1. @Antoinette: Samaras (like Pasok) is part of the corrupt and self-serving political elite of Greece. Why can you not comprehend this, and stop your propagandising here?

      Whatever you may think about Syriza, the main thing is that they have no history of bad governance and are not responsible for the mess in Greece. Your solution seems to be "let's ask the people who destroyed our [company/country/family etc] to come back and sort things out. Do I have to tell you how stupid this seems?

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  2. I am too quick with answering:
    It is about 2011.

    But it would be completely perfect to write the same post as the Public Governance Review of 2015.

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  3. I recall reading that OECD report (so I have not looked at it again). My recollection is that I agreed with most of it, and disagreed with every single thing that the Greek government and the Troika were doing at the time and also planned to do.

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  4. Here is the 25-page executive summary:

    http://www.oecd.org/gov/49264921.pdf

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  5. My impression regarding this executive summary:
    It's language is scientific slang without any effect to Greece.

    Example:
    "The weakness of evidence-based approaches to policy making is one of the seriously negative effects of legal formalism, which disconnects the public administration from the
    economy and society."

    This is a much too polite and remote description of cronyism, despotism and arbitrariness. If too blatant terminology is used, of course every citizen immediately feels insulted and the message gets not accepted either.

    Due to this dilemma I got more and more convinced that it is (simply said) impossible to help Greece from outside. The only reasonable way gives Greece its full autonomy and independence, which requires Grexit because Greece should never have started with Euro and will need quite a long time to do all those reforms which are mandatory for a common currency.

    H.Trickler

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