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TOWARDS THE IMPROVEMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN GREECE: A MINI-QUALITATIVE SURVEY
Catherine C. Valvi, Constantinos C. Frangos, Christos C. Frangos

Last modified: 2015-09-25

Abstract


In 1997, a reform in the local government of Greece took place (Law 2539/1997 “I. Kapodistrias”). However, this reform did not manage to fulfil its original ambitions. We sought to report possible reasons for this using a qualitative research method. We used an in-depth structured interview of 6 questions, concerning the problems of the reform and possible points for improvement. Our interviewees were the Mayor of the Municipality of Thera, Aggelos Roussos, and the President of the Community of Oia, George Chalaris. The results of our interview can be summarised in the following statements: a. The reform in local government was something very important and necessary. It allowed doing many large-scale works (e.g. roads). b. Its big disadvantage was that it did not manage to enforce local government essentially. For most decisions today (e.g. hiring personnel), a ministerial sign is required. c. The new reform under consideration by the Greek Government (Kapodistrias II) is a revolutionary thought. It gives more importance to local government and decentralisation and should not be hampered by political fear of loss of power. In conclusion, both local government officers, share the same opinion that a more realistic meaning to localgovernment and decentralisation must be given

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