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Territorial Administration and Political Control


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  • Jean-Claude Thoenig

    (DRM - Dauphine Recherches en Management - CNRS : UMR7088 - Université Paris Dauphine - Paris IX)


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.

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Paper provided by HAL in its series Post-Print with number halshs-00638304.

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Date of creation: Aug 2011
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Publication status: Published, Public Administration: 25 Years of Analysis and Debate., Wiley-Blackwell (Ed.), 2011, 174-196
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00638304

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Keywords: Local governance ; Decentralization ; Partisan interests ; Center and periphery;

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  1. Jean-Claude Thoenig, 2011. "Institutional Theories and Public Institutions," Post-Print halshs-00638348, HAL.


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