Putting the mes­sage across

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One se­nior gov­ern­ment min­is­ter likes to say that all of Greece pretty much op­er­ates along the lines of a closed-shop pro­fes­sion. It is in­deed quite shock­ing that af­ter four years of re­forms many sec­tors still en­joy sig­nif­i­cant priv­i­leges or pref­er­en­tial treat­ment. Vested in­ter­ests still have great lever­age and the power to in­flu­ence or re­sist gov­ern­ment de­ci­sions. Cit­i­zens, on the other hand, are not re­ally aware of the dam­age done by such dis­tor­tions to the free mar­ket or they do not know how they can put pres­sure in the right di­rec­tion. The coun­try’s con­ser­va­tive-led ad­min­is­tra­tion must max­i­mize its ef­forts to pro­mote much-needed struc­tural re­forms. At the same time, how­ever, it needs to ex­plain the rea­sons for this to ev­ery sin­gle one of Greece’s cit­i­zens in­stead of just point­ing the fin­ger at troika of­fi­cials. Push­ing with the debt-hit na­tion’s re­form agenda is af­ter all the only way the gov­ern­ment, or any gov­ern­ment in fact, can ce­ment its cred­i­bil­ity and at­tract ra­tional vot­ers.

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