Territorial Administration and Political Control
AbstractBased 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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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
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Local governance ; Decentralization ; Partisan interests ; Center and periphery;
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- Jean-Claude Thoenig, 2011. "Institutional Theories and Public Institutions," Post-Print halshs-00638348, HAL.
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