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National School of Public Administration and Local Government (NSPALG)


The Institution

The National School of Public Administration and Local Government (NSPALG) is one of the three educational areas (Institute of Training, National School of Local Administration)of the National Centre of Public Administration (NCPA), which operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Interior, Public Administration and Decentralization.

The School gives special emphasis to the education and training of high quality executives for the public sector, attending to the constant modernization of Hellenic public administration.

In order to be admitted to the School, the candidates must pass national exams characterized by high competition that taking place under the supervision of a Central Examinations Committee. The admission rates vary from year to year. The 21 month education consists of two phases: the common phase lasting four months, and the specialization phase lasting twelve months. In addition, a four-month internship is required for students, in order to involve them in everyday administrative, planning, and management activities. The training of the students emphasises the acquisition of specialised skills in problem solving, as well as the planning and implementation of public policy. Students are required to achieve qualification in firve policy areas: press and trade (-attachees branch), general, social and local administration (-branch).

The teaching staff of the School consists of high-ranking executives from the public as well as the private sector, university professors, and other experts.

The School co-operates with corresponding institutions in other European countries, aiming at keeping pace with the ongoing developments of public administration at an international level.

NSPA can support us with its technical equipment and infrastructure, while the quality of students assisting us will be of great help to the researchers.


Members of the Project Team



Professor Panagiotis Karkatsoulis


Research and Technical Assistants

Ms. Elefhteria Bakali (M.A.)

Mr. Nikolaos Papamanolis (M.A.)



Prof. Dr. Panagiotis KARKATSOULIS , Policy Adviser to the Ministry of Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation, Professor at the National School of Public Administration



15, Vassilisis SofiasAve.; GR-10674 Athens

Tel.+30 210 3393 224; Fax +30 210 8670 014



Present Position

Policy adviser to the Ministry of Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation and task force member to Greek Ministries on Regulatory Reform Issues.

Professor at the National School of Public Administration.

Member of several EU and international professional bodies on public administration.



Responsibilities within the Greek Project :

coordinating research activities; writing research reports, articles; participating in meetings and conferences on the issue of corruption, and disseminating research findings.


Qualification for the Accomplishment of the Task

Professor Panagiotis Karkatsoulis is highly qualified for the co-ordination of the Greek project since his teaching and research activities include studies of comparative administrative law, legal theory, and development in Eastern and South Eastern Europe. The experience he gained within several international programmes: OECD/GOV Regulatory Governance Programme (2000-2001), President of OECD/Stability Pact “Investment Compact” Group, lead reviewer of the peer reviews of Hungary (2000) and Norway (2002) – OECD, Regulatory Reform Programme, responsible of the peer review of Greece on regulatory reform (2001), responsible on behalf of the OECD for the implementation of the regulatory reform program in the Stability Pact SEE countries etc., is very important regarding both the research and administrative tasks assigned to him within the Greek project.



PhD in Law 1986, University of Bielefeld (Germany).

Law Degree 1981, University of Athens



Expert in Regulatory Reform, ­ good Governance, Local self-Government, in designing and implementing technical assistance programmes, Lawyer with many years of experience.

Appointed Member of The International Institute of Administrative Sciences, Brussels, The European Group of Public Administration, Brussels, EU Working Group of Directors and Experts on “Better Regulation”, The Greek Institute of Administrative Sciences (Administrative Council), The Scientific Council of the Greek National Centre of Public Administration.

National Delegate : OECD/GOV Regulatory Governance Programme (2000-2001), High Level Consultative Group on “Better Regulation” (Mandelkern Group).

President of OECD/Stability Pact “Investment Compact” Group, The “Ad hoc Group of Experts on Better Regulation” during the Greek Presidency (first Semester 2003)

Lead reviewer of the peer reviews of Hungary (2000) and Norway (2002) – OECD, Regulatory Reform Programme, Responsible of the peer review of Greece on regulatory reform (2001), Responsible on behalf of the OECD for the implementation of the regulatory reform program in the Stability Pact SEE countries.

Team leader of a PHARE Project in FYR Macedonia: Policy Activities (2002-03)


Publications (past two years and/or relevant to the project):


  • Regulating as Science. Prolegomena to a systemic theory of Regulating (1990).

Α . Ν . Sakkoulas, Α then (Greek language).

  • The State in transition. From “administrative reform” to “New Public Management” and “Governance” (2004). I. Sideris, Athens (Greek language).



  • Greek Legislation in the Context of the Theory of Legislation (1991), in: Karpen, U. (ed.), Conference:Legislation in European Countries, 11-13/12/1991, Bad Homburg, pp. 223-225 (English language).
  • Proposals of the legislative science for the reduction of over-regulation (1991), in: Administrative Reform, 47-48, July-December, pp. 80-97 (Greek language).
  • Administrative Reform and Administrative Self-Reference (1995), in: Keith Ellis et al. (ed.), Critical Issues in Systems Theory and Practice, Plenum Press, New York and London, pp. 565-569 (English language).
  • Regulation - Deregulation: An ambiguous picture (1997), in: Lambiri-Dimaki, J. (ed.), Modern Sociology in Greece, Papazisis, Athens (Greek language).
  • Research and Policy for Public Administration: Between Instrumentalism and Reflection (1998-99), in: Administrative Science Review 5, pp. 33-46 (English language).
  • Culture in Theory and Practice of Enterprises (1999), in: Guide of entrepreneurial Action ’99, El/Μ /ΜΑ , Athens (Greek language).
  • The Social Context of a ‘Value-for-Money’-based Administrative Reform (2000), in: International Review of Administrative Sciences 66, No 3, pp. 463-478 (translated also in French, Arab and Chinese).
  • New Public Management: Principles, Development, Perspectives (2001), in: Administrative Newsletter 20, pp. 45-52 (Greek language).
  • Governance as Context and Decision-making Process for Public Affairs (2001), in: Science and Society 7, pp.205-224 (Greek language).
  • Good Governance and Regulatory Reform (2002), in: OECD – Bosnia – Herzegovina, Stability Pact, South East Europe Compact, Foundations for Investment: Proceedings of the Conference in Serajevo 19/4/2002 on “Regulatory Governance and Network Industries”, OECD, Paris.
  • Europeanization in lieu of Globalization: Realism or Outopia? (2004), in: AdministrativeScience Review 10, pp. 421-446.


Several Papers and Reports

  • Rationalism and Irrationalism in Disaster Management:

The example of Greek-Turkish co-operation in the aftermath of the 17.8.99 earthquake”, in: Proceedings of the 62 nd ASPA National Conference, Newark, NJ/USA, 11-13/3/2000, .

  • From Local Government to Local Governance, in: Proceedings of the Seminar organised by the Open Society Institute, the World Bank & the Ministry of Local Self-Government of FYR Macedonia, Skopje, 25-26 March 2003.
  • Local self-government reforms as an ambivalent means for peace and social inclusion: The case of former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), in: Proceedings of the South East Conference on Public Administration (SECoPA) “Rediscovering the Administrative State: New appreciation for the role of Government”, Savannah – Georgia, 12-14/10/2003, .
  • Organizational Culture and Effectiveness in: Proceedings of the “Contemporary trends and developments in human resources management”, Greek Institute of Administrative Sciences, Athens, 9-10 February 2004.

Several Articles in the Greek Press (national newspapers and magazines)



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