6 euro – Prominent Greek Economists - Sakis Karagiorgas
Series: Greece – Silver 6 euro coins
Sakis Karagiorgas was an academic and a symbol of the fight against the military junta. He was Professor of Public Finance and Rector of Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Secretary-General of the cabinet’s economic committee under the Enosis Kentrou (Centre Union) government and research fellow at the Bank of Greece and the Centre of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE). He was brutally tortured by the military junta, despite already being seriously injured, and was given a life sentence by the Extraordinary Court Martial of Athens. In his defence before the court, he did not hesitate to deconstruct the narrative of the dictatorship and take a stand for democracy, in line with his firm belief that intellectuals have a duty to “uphold the moral and cultural values of the Greek people”. After the restoration of democracy, he remained actively involved in politics, becoming a founding member of Greece’s Socialist Party (PASOK), and continued to fight for the upgrading of higher education in Greece, the advancement of economic knowledge and the modernisation of Panteion University. His unfinished work Public Finance, focusing on the economic functions of the state and on fiscal institutions, earned him international recognition amongst economists. The Sakis Karagiorgas Foundation was established within Panteion University in 1989 to build on his legacy and promote interdisciplinary research on state-society relations and on economic, in particular fiscal, policy making.