The paper addresses the domestic impact of the freezing of the Greek association with the EEC on business–government relations during the colonels’ dictatorship in Greece (1967–74). Focusing on the Federation of Greek Industries (SEV), I argue that in the face of the Europeanisation of Greek industry, Greek business embarked upon a strategy prioritising liberalisation as a means towards rapprochement with the EEC. But this strategy was not part of a pro-democracy agenda. On the contrary, seeking a viable political regime and future accession to the EEC, SEV supported an abortive authoritarian transition to electoral politics in 1973.

Christos Tsakas holds a Ph.D. (History) from the University of Crete. In his dissertation, entitled ‘Greek Business and the European Challenge, 1950s–1970s’, he examines the domestic impact of prospective EEC-membership on business–government relations and analyzes Greece's Europeanization in a historical context. He has held postdoctoral positions in Berlin and Florence. As an external researcher at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FORTH he initiated the IMS archives and oral history project, documenting post-war Greek industrialization. His articles have appeared in Business History and Historica.

Respondent:  Harold James, History

Supported by The Christos G. and Rhoda Papaioannou Modern Greek Studies Fund