Economics and Finance


Implementation of Public Policy on the Di@vgeia (Clarity) Program in Greece: a Pure Bottom up Organizational and Procedural Model

Authors: Vasiliki Ntalakou

Greek Public Policy on the di@vgeia (Clarity) program is based on Law 3861/2010 which was issued in June 2010. Although the agenda setting and formulation stages of this specific public policy were not affected by the economic crisis policy discourse, through its implementation stage it is perceived as a core initiative for fighting corruption and enhancing transparency on public spending and public administration activity in general. Di@vgeia initiative is conceived as a unique case of implementation success in Greece. This paper attempts to analyze the core characteristics of the program that form the bottom-up approach in the implementation stage. Especially, it investigates the implementation of the program which was based on a project management model consisting of a network of action and result - oriented management teams, one in each public agency (Project Task Forces). At the same time, the legislation provides that the core responsibility for uploading every act on the internet relies on the person or administrative body who is responsible for issuing it. This means that any administrative official on whatever level of administrative structure (e.g. ministry, local authority, legal entity etc) that has the authority to issue an act, is also responsible for assessing, based on a series of criteria, whether the document should be uploaded or not. Once the document is uploaded on the internet, every citizen can have a clear picture and opinion on the administrative action of the specific body or person. The main finding is that the bottom–up approach on implementing this specific public policy results in a maximum accountability of administrative officials on the quality of the documents, their formal characteristics and the administrative processes followed. The paper suggests that this model is also performed in other similar public policy initiatives relating to great horizontal public administration involvement. Keywords: Public policy cycle; Public policy implementation; Policy change; Bottom up approach; Di@vgeia (clarity) project;Street level bureaucrats JEL Classification: H11, KO, L880

Comments: 15 Pages. Published in The Hellenic Open Business Administration Journal;

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