The Second MoU: Externally Imposed Change Despite Domestic Opposition

  • Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos
  • Argyris Passas


This is the second of the book’s three empirical chapters. It focuses on the content and implementation of the part of the second Memorandum of Understanding (concluded in 2012) that relates to Greece’s public revenue administration. In particular, it examines the introduction of a degree of semi-autonomy in its operation as a problematic halfway house between the status quo ante and subsequent developments discussed in Chap.  5. Emphasis is placed on the ruling (in particular, the governing) élite’s resistance to semi-autonomy leading to the effective dismissal of the first head of the semi-autonomous organisation. It also shows the relevance of external pressure in bringing about semi-autonomy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos
    • 1
  • Argyris Passas
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PoliticsBirkbeck, University of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of International, European and Area StudiesPanteion University of Social and Political SciencesAthensGreece

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