Reform Watch – The consultants are quite busy, but are any Greek government officials focused?

As 2011 wound down, we were left with a major unanswered question.  Has there yet developed a real constituency for structural reform in Greece or is the entire process still being driven by the Troika and its supporting phalanx of foreign advisers/consultants?   Is anyone in Greece actively pressing for reform or are the vast majority just looking for a fast-track route back to the “good old days” (or a reasonable facsimile thereof)?  The OECD’s latest research clearly indicates that the Greek central administration lacks the capacity to undertake large reforms.  We are not convinced the political will exists and the upcoming elections will cloud this issue further.  Over time we will be returning to this document, along with the EU Task Force quarterly reports that we are posting as released.  The bottom line in the OECD report is that Greece needs to take the “big-bang” approach to public administration restructuring, and to move quickly. We doubt that will happen, if so, we would be able to shut this site down within a year or so, but the odds of that are……

Since it did not get a lot of public attention, we wanted to make the OECD’s recent report — entitled “Greece — Review of the Central Administration” — available in its entirety to Reform Watch readers:

http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/governance/greece-review-of-the-central-administration_9789264102880-en

A useful descriptive article in English, dated December 8 2011, by Der Speigel online can be found here too:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,802514,00.html

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