The intellectual constructs and economic paradigms of the present seem unable to reflect current realities..
We live in a globalized world, which is tightly interconnected in terms of trade, financial and communication flows..
Human society and the economy operate within the framework set by the natural environment, in a relationship of interaction..
This part aims to reflect on concrete steps of redesigning governance at global, regional, national and local level..
Global Land Paths
Federalist Responses to Global Challenges
From the local/national to the European to the global
|30 July – 4 August 2016, Vitsa, Epirus|
In the idyllic environment of Epirus (National Park of Northern Pindos), the northwestern corner of Greece bordering on Albania, a group of practitioners and scholars of different nationalities, specializations and age groups will meet for a “walk & talk” week of peripatetic discussions, immersion in thinking and in nature, and mutual inspiration.
The overall objective is to advance international peace and security, sustainable development, fundamental human rights and liberty for all, by formulating federalist responses while addressing global challenges. Federalism, as a concept and system of governance based upon democratic rules and institutions, represents the sharing of decision-making power and resources among various levels – from the national and local to the regional and global. Confronted as we are with the mega-problems of today, which recognise no borders and spill over across sectors, this may well provide a source of innovative thinking to efficiently address these problems, both their global causes and their local impacts.
Modernizing Greece: which structural reforms?
|17 February 2015 | by Dr. Georgios Papanagnou|
Since the early 2000s political and academic debate in Greece has focused on the “structural reforms” that would allow Greece to put its economy on a healthy and sustainable (long-term) footing. Under the influence of the liberal spirit which has been the cornerstone of Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), these reforms have been mostly understood as involving: the liberalization of the labour market, extensive privatizations and reducing the role and size of the state, the deregulation of capital and product markets, lowering taxes and social security contributions for businesses and (post-2010) increasing economic competitiveness through internal devaluation.1
Nonetheless, after almost 15 years of implementation – with admittedly greater levels of intensity in the post-2010 era of the Memorandum – these reforms have largely failed to lead Greece to the economic promised land. Some believe that this can be attributed to a lack of reform zeal on the part of the Greek governments of PASOK and Nea Dimokratia. Nonetheless, this is not the case. Despite political calculations and occasional inactions the governments of the last 15-odd years did put a great deal of effort into implementing this agenda; often at great political cost.