Border clashes: the distributive politics of professional liberalisation in Greece, 2010–2018

Francesco Stolfi*, Natalia Papamakariou

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This article studies the political conflict surrounding the implementation of the European Union's Services Directive in Greece between 2010 and 2018, the period in which the country was subject to external conditionality by external institutions. Focusing on the opening of jurisdictional boundaries for four professions (tourist guides, taxi owners, lawyers and engineers) that differ in terms of power and of organisational structure, we find that power differences, including control of the professions' institutions of interest aggregation and representation, explain the liberalisation outcomes across the four professions. This article thus puts the spotlight on the role of domestic interest groups in the implementation of EU legislation and directs researchers' attention to the broader issue of bias in interest intermediation, a classic, but lately understudied, issue in the study of politics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-110
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Public Policy
Issue number1
Early online date29 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • Compliance
  • Greece
  • Services Directive
  • interest groups
  • liberalisation
  • professions


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