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Selective consent and dissent: Professional response to reform in the post-crisis Greek NHS

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-279
JournalWork, Employment And Society
Issue number2
Early online date31 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019


Utilising the sociology of the professions as an analytical framework, the article explores the response of the Greek medical profession to state-imposed managerialism during times of economic recession and socio-political turbulence. It is argued that the case of southern welfare states, permeated by clientelism and corruption, underpins a distinct form of professional–state relations, currently missing from relevant theoretical discussions. Rich qualitative data collected from practising hospital doctors in Greece reveal a willingness to concede elements of clinical autonomy in exchange for the minimisation of the role of a corrupt state in the organisation of the Greek National Health Service.

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  • clientelism, doctors, Greek National Healthcare Service, managerialism, professional power

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