Public discourse in our country is often monopolized around theoretical approaches and opinions which recreate the basic motifs of the neoliberal model.
The progressive vision, on the other hand, is under-represented, especially in evidence of scientific analysis and evaluation of applicable policies. This is exactly the realization which motivated us to create ENA: our goal was to bring to life an alternative think tank which could bridge the gap of representation within the larger sphere of the progressive.
ENA is an independent, not for profit initiative, based on the financial participation of its members and friends, as well as on sponsorships and donations. Within the context of its activities, ENA conducts studies of public opinion which aim to trace trends and reflect positions held by Greek society. It develops studies to research solution prototypes for modern problems and it intervenes in public discourse about the major challenges of our time by organizing seminars, lectures and workshops as well as by publishing written work in the fields of economics, politics and sociology.
ENA’s research is assisted by its Advisory Council, formed through the participation of distinguished members of the academic community and of Greek and international citizens. The research program and the organization of ENA’s associates are supervised by a group of basic contributors, while ENA’s core is formed by the General Assembly of members, who collaborate in decision making within the context of collective democratic processes.
We seek to become a center for the shaping and analysis of applicable policy proposals, but also an open and lively space which welcomes the exchange and dissemination of alternative views and ideas. Our goal is to critically evaluate current theoretical approaches and politics as practiced in Greece and in Europe, as well as to develop alternative proposals which answer to the acute social needs and economic challenges of our time.
Within this framework, ENA becomes involved in public discourse. It tries to take part in the championing of a new development model and in the transition to a new organizational model through the promotion of a structured and scientifically substantiated dialogue, in the direction of just development to benefit society as a whole, the improvement of employment and the defense of public goods through the elimination of inequalities and the strengthening of social justice and the democratic participation of citizens.
The institute’s goal is to highlight the social dimension of economic and political developments both in Greece and Europe as a whole, as well as the qualitative characteristics of economic and political circumstances. To this end, ENA publishes two Bulletins:
- The Economic Developments Bulletin, which aims to recognize and reflect the social traces of practiced economic politics, exploring, analyzing and interpreting trustworthy economic indicators and official data which reflect not only the performance and developments of basic economic aspects but also their effects on development and collective prosperity.
- The European Developments Bulletin, which deals with the question: “what kind of Europe do we want?” and how this Europe can be created, searching for progressive answers to the many challenges the European vision faces today.
During its first year of operation, ENA has:
- Organized a series of events regarding a) the future of Europe and the path of European integration, sharpening national competition on the European continent and the rebirth of nationalism, b) the political economy and practices of the IMF in Greece, in Europe and in the world with its involvement in the Greek crisis as a pretext, but also c) Greek-Turkish relations within the framework of the neighboring country’s foreign policy in the Balkans and the Middle East
- Organized public debates about a) the identity, type and targeting of necessary reforms in Greece today, b) the role and content of public politics, c) the basic characteristics of a new, progressive model for public utility and public good management, d) the terms and conditions of a revision of the constitution toward a more progressive direction
- Has hosted seminars relative to a) economic policies for the improvement of Greek economic competitiveness to attract foreign investment, b) the possibilities and chances of a re-industrialization in a country with an industrial lag, under the conditions of a digital transformation, c) the challenges and outlooks of the country’s new productive model considering the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution, as well as d) upheavals caused by the economic crisis in Greek social stratification and especially the composition of the middle class
ENA has also hosted the opinions and views of academics and researchers, reputable journalists and political analysts about internal and European matters, while publishing a series of working and policy papers in the fields of the nation, public policies, public utility and public goods management, the development model of Greece and about tourism, the labor market and minimum wage, social banking and financial exclusion.
ENA has, finally, conducted three studies of public opinion. The most recent reflects how Greeks see the relations of Greece to its neighboring countries. The first reflects the views of citizens in regard to the political phenomenon and its enablers – politicians and parties – but also the values and meanings, the trends and positions around which politics develops today. The end of last year also saw the publishing of findings from the second study, which aimed to understand the conceptual and ideological differences between “old” and “new”, “current” and “outdated”, “conservation” and “progress” in the minds of the people.
Exactly this kind of “new” is what ENA aims to express through the “opening” of prototypical areas of political and theoretical reflection aiming to bring forward realistic alternative proposals to the contrary of both “dominant” opinion and of corresponding practice, as well as historically outdated political models.
The goal of the Institute is to function as a hub for scientists and researchers, encouraging cooperation with organizations, collectives and initiatives which rally around the same aim, and to promote collaboration and synergies with academic and research foundations in Greece, and abroad, exploiting the wealth of knowledge produced for the benefit of the greater part of society.