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Prefects in search of a role in a Europeanised France

Cole, Alistair Mark 2011. Prefects in search of a role in a Europeanised France. Journal of Public Policy 31 (3) , pp. 385-407. 10.1017/S0143814X11000122

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Based on extensive new empirical fieldwork (via a case study of the reform of the territorial State in 2007–2010), this article interrogates the meaning of the prefectoral institution in France. The central puzzle this article addresses is the survival of a pre-democratic institution – the Prefect in – a democratic, decentralizing and Europeanised Republic. Changing conditions have required institutional resilience and adaptation in a period of state restructuring and rescaling. The case study of the prefectures as old institutions is framed using language and tools of new institutionalism across three dimensions: the timing and sequence of decision-making, the logic of appropriateness, and interaction. Beyond the narrow case of the prefectures in France, the article makes the case for combining modes of institutionalist analysis in order to penetrate generalities about the black box of institutions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Uncontrolled Keywords: France; prefects; decentralisaton; Europeanisation
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0143-814X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2020 01:54

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