Governing from the Centre: Core Executive Coordination in France

Hardcover | September 1, 2002

byJack Hayward, Vincent Wright

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Two leading authors challenge the assumption that France has a well coordinated government. The constitutional, political,and policy frameworks of coordination are critically assessed in relation to the central actors and spending ministries, as well as the formal and informal mechanisms ofcoordination. Four case studies are examined; the European Union, budget, privatization and immigration policy processes. The book concludes with forthright findings on a fragment executive struggling to steer a disparate and partially paralyzed institutional structure.The research findings offer precise cautionary recommendations to policy makers against the dangers of overconfident recourse to 'joined up' government. The findings are relevant, not merely to France, but generally to Western states more generally.

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Two leading authors challenge the assumption that France has a well coordinated government. The constitutional, political,and policy frameworks of coordination are critically assessed in relation to the central actors and spending ministries, as well as the formal and informal mechanisms ofcoordination. Four case studies are examined; ...

Jack Hayward is at University of Hull. Vincent Wright is formerly of Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.88 inPublished:September 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199256012

ISBN - 13:9780199256013

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Table of Contents

Part IThe Complexities of French Core Executive CoordinationThe French Context of Coordination: a Fractured Indivisible RepublicThe Normative, Political, and Administrative FrameworksHierarchical and Horizontal Coordination: the Central ActorsVertical Fragmentation: the Spending MinistriesPart II Sectoral Policy Coordination: Four Case StudiesEuropean Union Coordination and the Core ExecutiveTactical Privatisation: Changing the Mix in the Mixed EconomyCoordinating the Response to Immigration Pressures: an Unending QuestPart IIIConclusionsOverall Coordination: the Impracticable Imperative