Department of Political Science and Public Administration


Post: Professor

Section: Administrative Science and Public Law

Expertise: Administrative Science: Public Administration and organisation 


Contact information

Office telephone: 210 368 8904

Electronic mail: kspanou[at]pspa.uoa[dot]gr

Office address: 6 Themistokleous Street, 5th floor, office 46

Office hours: 


Curriculum Vitae

Calliope Spanou, Professor of Administrative Science - Public Administration teaches at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, Department of Political Science and Public Administration since 1989. She studied Public Law and Political Science at the National and Kapodistrian University. She continued her studies in France where she obtained a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies - DEA in 1983. In 1987 she obtained a Doctorat d’Etat en Science Politique - Science Administrative 1987 - Mention Très Honorable (Université de Picardie, Amiens, France). Her thesis received from the French government an honorary grant for publication. During her studies she was awarded scholarships from The Foundation of Administrative Law - M. Stassinopoulos and the Ministry of National Economy (Technical Cooperation Scholarships programme). She speaks fluently English, French and has an intermediary level of German and Italian.

From 2011-2015 Prof. Spanou was the Greek Ombudsman and served as Deputy Ombudsman from 2003 to 2011.

In 2016 (February-July) Prof. Spanou was invited as a Robert Schuman fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy. She has taught at the Universities of Picardy (chargée de cours), Paris II and Paris- Saint Quentin en Yvelines (Professeure invitée 1995-96, 1996-97). She was academic visitor at the Centre for European Studies, Nuffield College, Oxford, U.K. (1994). In 1993 she received a scholarship from the US Embassy/USIA to attend a ‘Summer Institute on the American Political System’, Washington D.C., USA. In 1991 she received a scholarship from the Greek National Research Foundation in the framework of an exchange programme of researchers and academics, to participate in the works of the Centre des Recherches Administratives and the CNRS (Paris; Director: J.-L. Bodiguel).

Since more than 10 years Prof. Spanou cooperates with the OECD/SIGMA as an expert regarding public administration reform in various countries, e.g. Albania, Ukraine, etc. She has taken part in various expert committees on public administration in Greece. She worked as an advisor to the minister of Interior, Public Administration and Decentralization (1996-97), as an advisor of Studies at the National Centre of Public Administration (1989-91 Athens, Greece), and as an advisor at the OECD - Technical Cooperation Committee (Paris, 1988).

She was the President of the Hellenic Society of Political Science (2002-04), a member of the Steering Committee of the European Group of Public Administration- IIAS (Brussels), and a member of the European Thematic Network for Public Administration. She was a member in the Steering Committees of the Centre of Public Administration and of the National Centre for the Environment and Sustainable Development.

She is a research associate at the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches en Science Administrative (CERSA) Paris, Université de Paris ΙΙ, member of the international scientific committee of the Publishing House Pacte, coll. Symposium - Grenoble and reviewer for scientific journals.

Her research interests range from issues of public administration, civil service and reform, to public policies including structural reforms, environmental and social policy, administrative policies) citizen-administration relations, administration and democracy, and Europeanization.


Her books include

  1. (ed.) Public Policies in Greece. Facets and contradictions, Athens, Papazissis pub.2010 and Chapter The impossible self-correction: factors undermining rationalization” (285-317) [In Greek].
  2. The Reality of Rights. State policies and access to services, Athens Savalas pub.,2005.
  3. Citoyens et administration. Les enjeux de l'autonomie et du pluralisme, L'Harmattan , Paris2003.
  4. Greek Administration and European Integration, Athens, Papazissis pub., 2001 [In Greek].
  5. Administration, Citizens and Democracy, Athens, Papazissis pub., 2000.
  6. Organization and Power. Predictability and transparency in public administration, Athens, Papazissis pub., 1991 [In Greek].


Recent publications

  1. “Policy conditionality, structural adjustment and the domestic policy system. Conceptual framework and research agenda”, Working Paper Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies EUI, RSCAS 2016/60,
  2. “Administrative Reform. From present to future” in A-I.D. Metaxas (ed.) Political Science, vol V. Political Institutions, Sideris Pub., Athens 2016 (399-412) [In Greek].
  3. “Human resources policy in Greek administration. Long-standing choices, long-standing problems” in Public Administration Reforms and Development. Experience and Proposals, Conference Proceedings, The Greek Parliament - Parliamentary Office for the State Budget Athens, 2016 (57-65) [In Greek].
  4. “Administrative Reform and Policy Conditionality in Greece”, Administration and Public Employment Review (APER) - Revista de Administração e Emprego Público (RAEP), no 1/ 2015 (31-54).
  5. “Auf der Suche nach einer effizienten öffentlichen Verwaltung” in Ulf-Dieter Klem/Wolfgang Schulteiβ(Hrsg.), Die Krise in Griechenland. Ursprünge, Verlauf, Folgen, Campus Verlag, Frankfurt 2015 (415-430).
  6. “La haute fonction publique hellénique: La permanence du provisoire”, Revue Française d’Administration Publiquenos 151-152, 2014 (645-661).
  7. “Administrative elites and the crisis: what lies ahead for the senior civil service in Greece?”, International Review of Administrative Sciences, 80 (4) 2014 (709-725)
  8. “Social Inequalities and obstacles to social rights. The political-administrative dimension” in G. Katrougalos (ed.) Inequalities and the Law, Athens, Alexandria 2014 (101-119) [In Greek].
  9. “Le droit sur le champ politico-administratif: la rencontre du droit et de la science administrative“, Mélanges en l’honneur du professeur Jacques Chevallier, LGDJ, Paris 2013 (103-113).
  10. “The quandary of administrative reform: institutional and performance modernization“, in S. Kalyvas, G. Pagoulatos, H. Tsoukas (eds), From stagnation to forced adjustment. Reforms in Greece 1974-2010, Hurst & Co, London 2012 (171-194).
  11. “Τhe Odyssey of administrative reform in Greece, 1981-2009: A tale of two reform paths “, Public Administration 89 (3) 2011 (723–737) [with Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos].