Territorial Administration and Political Control : Decentralization in France
Thoenig, Jean-Claude (2011-07), Territorial Administration and Political Control : Decentralization in France, in Rhodes, R. A. W., Public Administration : 25 Years of Analysis and Debate, Wiley : Hoboken, N.J., p. 174-196
External document linkhttps://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00638304
Book titlePublic Administration : 25 Years of Analysis and Debate
Book authorRhodes, R. A. W.
Number of pages292
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Abstract (EN)Based on recent field research, the paper suggests an interpretative model of territorial government in France. Relations between national and local authorities as well as policy- making processes suggest that the centralized State has faced a major decline of its hegemony and that decentralization reforms have induced a polycentric dynamics. Seven basic characteristics and three key properties of the model are discussed. The emerging model fits neither a new localism nor a new centralism pattern. It is the product of on-going incremental trade-offs between centrifugal and centripetal rationales. This complexity reflects a situation that is under the rather conservative and tight control of national politicians holding multiple local elected mandates.
Subjects / KeywordsLocal governance; Decentralization; Partisan interests; Center and periphery
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