Stella Ladi

Queen Mary, University of London
School of Business and Management

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The main topics that I have been working on in the last couple of years are: Historical Institutionalism and Policy Change, Policy reform, South Europe, Black Sea, Europeanization, Austerity politics, the Role of Experts and of Think-Tanks in the Policy Process, Global governance and global public policy and transnational administration.

Ladi, S. (2016), “Discursive Institutionalism, Problem Definition and the Consequences of Crisis for Agenda-Setting” in N. Zahariadis (ed.), Handbook of Public Policy Agenda Setting, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Abstract: Problem definition delineates the way a public issue will be tackled by subsequent public policies. The discourse and timing within which this exercise takes place is of particular importance since it affects the urgency and the nuances of the problem. During crises policy actors are more anxious to shift the blame rather than analyze the parameters of the problem in view of a viable solution. In this chapter a link between discursive institutionalism and the concept of critical junctures is proposed in order to capture the importance of both the timing (critical juncture) and the discourse (coordinative and communicative discourse) for problem definition and agenda-setting. The ongoing economic, political and social crisis in Greece is an illustrative case-study. More particularly, the example of youth unemployment is analysed. Although youth unemployment is high in the communicative discourse and in the governmental agenda, the definition of the problem is still unclear and a path towards a policy is still to be found.
Ladi, S. 2011. “Policy Change and Soft Europeanization: The Transfer of the Ombudsman Institution to Greece, Cyprus and Malta." Public Administration 89 (4):1643-1663.
Stone, D. and Ladi, S. 2015. “Global Public Policy and Transnational Administration." Public Administration.
Abstract: There has been a proliferation of administrative practices and processes of policy-making and policy delivery beyond but often overlapping with traditional nation state policy processes. New formal and informal institutions and actors are behind these policy processes, often in cooperation with national public administrations but sometimes quite independently from them. These ‘multi-stakeholder initiatives’, ‘global public–private partnerships’ and ‘global commissions’ are creating or delivering global policies even though the geographic pattern of policy action can vary considerably. Implementation may occur at (trans)national or local levels in different regions more or less contemporaneously, or also in problem contexts that are cross-border and co-jurisdictional, hence our use of the term ‘transnational administration’. Traditional policy and public administration studies have tended to undertake analysis of the capacity of public sector hierarchies to globalize national policies rather than to investigate transnational policy-making above and beyond the state. This article extends the ambit of public administration and policy studies into what has traditionally been considered the realm of International Relations scholarship to identify and map new modes of global (public) policy and transnational administration and prospects for ongoing conceptualization.
Ladi, S., and Tsarouhas, D. 2014. “The Politics of Austerity and Public Policy Reform in the EU." Political Studies Review 12 (2):171-80.
Abstract: The European Union (EU) is at a critical juncture that will either trigger further integration or reinforce a mode of intergovernmental cooperation. The spread of market pressure to a growing number of states demonstrates that the crisis needs to be dealt with at the European and not just the national level. Up to now the ‘politics of extreme austerity’ has been the mainstream recipe promoted to and adopted by member states. The measures are tougher in those countries where there has been external financial assistance (i.e. Greece, Portugal and Ireland) but the rest of Europe is following suit (e.g. Italy and the UK). This introduction outlines the key directions of EU reforms to put into context the more specific cases discussed elsewhere in this Symposium. The strengths and weaknesses of the theoretical frameworks employed in the articles are discussed to demonstrate the lessons that the crisis offers for our well-established public policy models and to highlight avenues for further research. Two main arguments are advanced: first, the crisis calls for an interdisciplinary approach to comprehend its full extent and deal with it efficiently; and second, the current political trajectory of the EU calls for urgent changes to strengthen its cohesion and long-term viability.
Ladi, S. 2013. "Austerity Politics and Administrative Reform: The Eurozone Crisis and Its Impact Upon Greek Public Administration." Comparative European Politics 11 (3).
Tsarouhas, D. and Ladi, S. 2012. “Globalization and/or Europeanization? The Case of Flexicurity." New Political Economy.
Ladi, S. 2005. Globalization, Policy Transfer and Policy Research Institutes. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Ladi, S. 2005. "Policy Learning and the Role of Expertise in the Reform Process in Greece." West European Politics 28 (2): 279-296.

Substantive Focus:
Governance PRIMARY
Comparative Public Policy SECONDARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY