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Policy and politics in France : living with uncertainty

Author: Douglas Elliott Ashford
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1982.
Series: Policy and politics in industrial states.
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Analyzes six areas of domestic policy-making in France: administrative reform, local and regional reform, economic policy, industrial relations, social security, and immigration. This book contains  Read more...


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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ashford, Douglas Elliott.
Policy and politics in France.
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1982
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas Elliott Ashford
ISBN: 0877222614 9780877222613 0877222622 9780877222620
OCLC Number: 8474325
Description: xx, 345 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Editors' Preface Preface Abbreviations 1. The Policy Process and Institutional Uncertainty French Politics Seen through the Policy Process Institutional Uncertainty and French Policymaking Policy Change under a Dominant Party French society and Politics: Living with Diversity Parties and Elections: One Step Backward, Two Steps Forward Policymaking and Administrative Politics Democratic Institutions and French Policymaking 2. Administrative Reform: Compromising with Necessity Context Agenda Process Consequences Readings (The Politicization of the French Civil Service; An Evaluation of Administrative Reform Options; Problems of Implementing Administrative Reform; A Proposal for a Ministry of Administrative Reform; The Political Manipulation of the Administration; The Need to Increase External Influence on the Administration; Socialist Proposals for Administrative Reform) 3. Local and Regional Reform: Territorial Compromises Context Agenda Process Consequences Readings (On Reorganizing the Prefects; Central-Local Tax and Subsidy Problems; The Local and Departmental network; The Guichard Report on Smothering Local Democracy; How Mutual Advantage Reinforces the Central-Local Network; The Socialist Debate over Regions and Departments) 4. Economic Policy: Desperation or Design? Context Agenda Process Consequences Readings (The Prospects in 1958; The Political Meaning of the Plan; Shifting the course of Economic Policy; Industrial and Budgetary Proposals of the Common Program; The French Economy under Barre; The Socialsits' Economic Program) 5. Industrial Relations: In Search of Compromise Context Agenda Process Consequences Readings (Union Participation in Planning; Ambiguities of French Collective Bargaining; Proposals to Reform Industrial Relations; Maire on Relations between the CGT and CFDT; The Future Strategy of the CNPF; The Right to Strike in Question) 6. Social Security: Success by Default Context Agenda Process Consequences Readings (The Early Objectives of French Social Security; Early Recommendations for Social Security Reform; The French Concept of Social Solidarity; Political Parites and Social Benefits; The Growth of Social Spending; Social Security Dilemmas under Mitterrand) 7. Immigration Policy: Social and Economic Uncertainties Context Agenda Process Consequences Readings (The Search for an Immigration Policy; Unions and Immigrants; An Immigrant Speaks to the Issue; Problems of a Multicultural Society; Considering Repatriation; Reactions to Increased Racial Tension) 8. Conclusion: A French Secret or Putting Politicians to Work The Demise of the "Two Frances" Using Policies to Build Institutions The Politics of Policymaking: Filling or Creating the Institutional Void? Institutional Development: Stimulus or Deterrent to Policymaking? References Index
Series Title: Policy and politics in industrial states.
Responsibility: Douglas E. Ashford.


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