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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. More recently, she has served as care-taker minister of Interior during the double general elections of May and June 2023.

In 2018 (June-July) she received a research grant from the French government scholarship programme “Directeurs d’Etudes Associés” ( Fondation de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme –Sciences-Po-CEVIPOF), Paris – France. 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).

For over 10 years Prof. Spanou cooperated with the OECD/-GOV-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 has also 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 has been 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.

She is a former member of the European Board of Ombudsmen, a former President of the Hellenic Society of Political Science (2002-04), a former member of the Steering Committee of the European Group of Public Administration- IIAS (Brussels) and of the European Thematic Network for Public Administration. She has also served as a member of the Steering Committees of the Centre of Public Administration and of the National Centre for the Environment and Sustainable Development.

Her research interests cover a wide range of issues in the area of public administration and public policy (e.g. civil service and administrative reform, citizen-administration relations, structural reforms, environmental and social policy, administration and democracy, Europeanization).

Recent publications (2016--)

1. Books and edited books

  1. (ed.) Crisis, Reform and the Way Forward in Greece. A turbulent decade, London: Routledge 2022
  2. (επιμ.) Η Διοίκηση στο επίκεντρο. Προκλήσεις και προσδοκίες του θεσμικού περιβάλλοντος, [Public administration at the center. Challenges and expectations of the institutional environment] Αθήνα, Παπαζήσης 2022.
  3. Ποιες μεταρρυθμίσεις; Κυβερνώντας υπό εξωτερική πίεση, [Which reforms? Governing under external pressure] Αθήνα: Εκδ. Πατάκη 2021, 351 σελ.
  4. (ed.) Reforms in Public Administration under the Crisis. HELLENIC FOUNDATION FOR EUROPEAN AND FOREIGN POLICY (ELIAMEP) Athens, Papazissis Pub. 2019.
  5. (επιμ. με Δ.Α. Σωτηρόπουλο) Κουλτούρα, Ιστορία, Δημοκρατία. Τιμητικός τόμος για τον Νικηφόρο Διαμαντούρο, [Culture, History, Democracy. Tribute to Nikiforos Diamandouros], Αθήνα, Παπαδόπουλος 2018.

2. Articles, chapters, working papers

  1. “Introduction”. In C. Spanou (ed.) Crisis, Reform and the Way Forward in Greece. A turbulent decade, London: Routledge 2022 (1-14) DOI: 10.4324/9780429202247-1
  2. Chapter 6: “Greece and the EU. Official discourse and public opinion in the aftermath of the crisis”, In C. Spanou (ed.) Crisis, Reform and the Way Forward in Greece. A turbulent decade, London: Routledge 2022 (102-115)   DOI: 10.4324/9780429202247-8
  3. Chapter 8: “Reversing policy legacies. The significance of administrative reforms”. In C. Spanou (ed.) Crisis, Reform and the Way Forward in Greece. A turbulent decade, London: Routledge 2022 (137-155) DOI: 10.4324/9780429202247-11
  4. “Η διοίκηση στο θεσμικό της περιβάλλον” {The administration and its institutional environment] στο Κ. Σπανού (επιμ.) Η Διοίκηση στο επίκεντροΠροκλήσεις και προσδοκίες του θεσμικού περιβάλλοντος, [Public administration at the center. Challenges and expectations of the institutional environment] Αθήνα, Παπαζήσης 2022 (25-47).
  5. “Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση και Δημόσια Διοίκηση.  Το τέλος της αθωότητας και η αλλαγή παραδείγματος” [The EU and Public Administration. The end of innocence and the paradigm change]. Στο  Α. Γ. Πασσάς, Κ. Αρβανιτόπουλος & Μ. Κοππά (επιμ.) Ελλάδα – Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση. Μια σχέση «μέσα από σαράντα κύματα» 1981-2021, Εκδ. Πεδίο 2021 (183-196)
  6. (& Μ. Lampropoulou) “La política pública de transparencia en Grecia », Capítulo 5, in Pastor Albaladejo, G. (comp.)(2021). Políticas públicas de transparencia en las democracias del sur de Europa. Valencia : Tirant lo Blanch (291-369).
  7. “Η δημιουργία του ΑΣΕΠ”. Στο Θ. Γεωργακόπουλος (επιμ.) 10 Μεταρρυθμίσεις που άλλαξαν την Ελλάδα, Αθήνα: Διανέοσις2021 (237-258).
  8. “Οικοδομώντας την ικανότητα διακυβέρνησης” [Building governance capacity], στο Ευ. Βενιζέλος, Κ. Κωστής, Ευ. Χατζηβασιλείου (επιμ.) Εργαστήριον η Ελλάς. Θεσμοί και καταστάσεις που δοκιμάστηκαν στην Ελλάδα από την Παλιγγενεσία έως τις ημέρες μας. Αθήνα: Επίκεντρο 2021 (131-141).
  9. “Public administration”, in K. Featherstone, D.A. Sotiropoulos(eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Modern Greek Politics, Oxford University Press 2020: 170-186
  10. “Διαχρονικές σταθερές στη λειτουργία του πολικο-διοικητικού συστήματος και ικανότητα διακυβέρνησης” [Long-term trends in the Greek political-administrative system and governance capacity] στο Γ. Βούλγαρης, Κ. Κωστής, Σ. Ριζάς (επιμ.) Ο μεγάλος μετασχηματισμός. Κράτος και πολιτική στην Ελλάδα του 20ου αι. Αθήνα,. Πατάκης 2020 (410-437).
  11. Spanou, C.  “Judicial controls over the bureaucracy“. In Oxford Encyclopedia of Public Administration. (2020) Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.1729
  12. “Between Domestic Learning and External Coercion: Budgeting and Fiscal Management Reform in Greece”, South European Society and Politics 25 (1) 2020, 1-26 DOI:10.1080/13608746.2020.1762372
  13. “Tangling with the Troika: ‘domestic ownership’ as political and administrative engagement in Greece, Ireland, and Portugal”, with Niamh Hardiman,  Joaquim Filipe Araújo & Muiris MacCarthaigh. Public Management Review 1265-1286, 2019, DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2019.1618385
  14. “External influence on structural reform: Did policy conditionality strengthen reform capacity in Greece?” Public Policy and Administration 35(2) 2020: 135–157 (online 2018 DOI: 10.1177/0952076718772008
  15. “Competing frames, domestic discretion and uneven outcomes: Administrative reform in Greece under the crisis”. GreeSE PAPERS 139, Hellenic Observatory LSE, August 2019
  16. “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,
  17. “Το φιλοευρωπαϊκό αφήγημα και η αμφισβήτηση του” [The pro-European narrative and its contestation] in Κ. Σπανού, Δ. Σωτηρόπουλος (επιμ.) Κουλτούρα, Ιστορία, ΔημοκρατίαΤιμητικός τόμος για τον Νικηφόρο Διαμαντούρο [Culture, History, Democracy], Αθήνα, Παπαδόπουλος 2018, 208-223.
  18. “EU Coordination in Greece: ‘Forced’ Europeanization under the MoU?” In Sabrina Ragone (ed.) Managing the Euro Crisis National EU policy coordination in the debtor countries, London, Routledge 2018, 13-38.
  19. “Memorandum and European Policies: Forced but selective Europeanization” [Μνημόνιο και ευρωπαϊκές Πολιτικές. Αναγκαστικός αλλά επιλεκτικός εκσυγχρονισμός] , στο  Suzannah Verney & Α. Κόντης 9επιμ.) Ευρωπαϊκή Ολοκλήρωση [European Integration]. Αθήνα Παπαζήσης 2017, 788-811.
  20. “Διοικητικές Μεταρρυθμίσεις: από το παρόν στο μέλλον” [Administrative Reform: past and future.] A.I. Μεταξάς (επιμ.) Πολιτική Επιστήμη, τ. 5, Αθήνα, Σιδέρης 2016 (399-412).
  21. “Η πολιτική ανθρώπινου δυναμικού στην ελληνική διοίκηση: Διαχρονικές επιλογές, διαχρονικά προβλήματα” [Human Resources policies in the Greek administration], στο Διοικητικές μεταρρυθμίσεις και ανάπτυξη [Administrative reforms and growth Conference Proceedings]. Γραφείο Προϋπολογισμού του Κράτους στη Βουλή, Αθήνα 2016 (57-65).