My research interests revolve around two main themes: contemporary Greek and EU public policy and the European Union's external relations.
My current interests focus οn the discursive and public policy implications of Greece's bailouts and on Prime Ministerial leadership and the management of the core executive since the country's transition to democracy. I have recently co-authored Prime Ministers in Greece: the paradox of power (OUP, 2015) with K. Featherstone (LSE), building on a large number of elite interviews and extensive primary material from Greece and other international comparators. Previously, I co-authored The Limits of Europeanisation: reform capacity and policy conflict in Greece (Palgrave, 2008, with K. Featherstone), the EU’s Lisbon Agenda: evaluating success, understanding failure (Palgrave, 2012 with P. Copeland) and The Last Ottomans: the Muslim Minority of Greece, 1940-49 (Palgrave, 2011, with K. Featherstone, A. Mamarelis and G. Niarchos). I have also published widely on Greece’s political economy, including welfare reform, privatisation and the labour market. More recently I have co-authored book chapters on the political economy of the Greek crisis and on the Europeanisation of Greece since its membership of the European Union.
On the EU's external relations, I have recently co-edited (with D. Baltag and N. Surubaru) The European Union and Central and Eastern Europe: assessing performance (Routledge, 2018). Previously, I published Negotiating the New Europe (Ashgate, 2002) and From Marginalisation to Membership: Romania and the European Union (Routledge, 2008 with D. Phinnemore. *** Winner of best book by the Irish Political Studies Association in 2009***). I have also written extensively on EU enlargement, the EU’s relations with the Balkans and its state-building engagement in Kosovo and its near abroad.