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Revolutionary Change and the Greek Financial Crisis: Lessons from the Venture Capital World

Dr. Tamir Agmon is the  Associate Dean for Research and Development at the School of Management and Economics, Academic College Tel Aviv Yaffo in Israel. He is also  a Professor of Financial Economics at the School of Business, Economics  and Law at Gothenburg University in Sweden.

Dr. John Psarouthakis is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow-Professor, Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Founder and former CEO, JPIndusries,Inc., a Fortune 500 industrial corporation. .He is the Publisher of www.BusinessThinker.com

1.      Introduction  

Greece is in great need for a peaceful revolutionary change in her political and socio-economic structure and culture. All the current programs for austerity and such like are based on the existing system. They are necessary, but not sufficient. We know from our research of the market for ideas that incumbent system cannot initiate or even supports revolutionary change. What is needed are new ideas and independent way of funding the ideas in their development stage. A good example is the case of supporting revolutionary change in technology by venture capital funds

The current financial crisis in Greece is a test case for the ability of the Greek government, the European Union, and the global financial system to deal with the need for revolutionary change. The current crisis in Greece is an outcome and a reflection of deep seated political, social and economic factors in Greece. The fact that Greece is a member of the European Union makes what could be a Greek problem a European and hence to a global problem. In a recent article in the New York Times Professor Aristides Hatzis from Athens University relates the problems today to the, justified, imitative of the senior Karamanlis to join Greece to the European Union. He succinctly summarizes the deep rooted nature of the crisis as follows:

“The Greek New Deal (joining the European Union) was not based on the redistribution of wealth created by the market since the market in Greece is highly regulated: it is a paradise for oligopolies, close shops and pressure groups where tax evasion is socially accepted and politically excused. Greece aggressive pressure groups, (unions, government agencies, cartels, close profession, etc.) seized big chunks of the E.E.C. transfers and government borrowing”. (NYT, June 14, 2011).

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