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dc.contributor.authorTsarouhas D.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-08T09:48:00Z
dc.date.available2016-02-08T09:48:00Z
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.issn0033-3298
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11693/21557
dc.description.abstractWhich factors account for successful policy reform and what role does discourse play in the process? This article examines this empirical puzzle with reference to the issue of Greek reform failure. A matched comparison with Italy in the area of pensions reveals the salience of path shaping and the use of political discourse in narrowing down reform options and facilitating change. The Greek case of limited public information, incoherent preparation of the problem, and inner-circle decision-making, is contrasted with the Italian government's information-sharing and consensus-building campaign for the establishment of a pro-reformist discourse. Findings confirm the salience of institutional conditions but suggest that pure institutionalist accounts premised on rational choice thinking and the power of veto players should be complemented with more agency-driven accounts of public policy.en_US
dc.language.isoEnglishen_US
dc.source.titlePublic Administrationen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.01951.xen_US
dc.subjectDecision makingen_US
dc.subjectPension systemen_US
dc.subjectPolicy makingen_US
dc.subjectPolitical discourseen_US
dc.subjectReform processen_US
dc.subjectSocial policyen_US
dc.subjectGreeceen_US
dc.subjectItalyen_US
dc.titlePolitical discourse and path shaping in public policy: comparing pension reforms in Greece and Italyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.departmentDepartment of International Relations
dc.citation.spage160en_US
dc.citation.epage174en_US
dc.citation.volumeNumber90en_US
dc.citation.issueNumber1en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.01951.xen_US
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.en_US


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