Policy Analysis in France

Edited by Charlotte Halpern, Patrick Hassenteufel, and Philippe Zittoun

Policy Analysis in France

Edited by Charlotte Halpern, Patrick Hassenteufel, and Philippe Zittoun

Distributed for Bristol University Press

336 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2017
Cloth $150.00 ISBN: 9781447324218 Published February 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Understanding policy analysis in France requires first a thorough exploration of the distinction usually made in French academic and practitioner debates between policy studies and policy analysis—essentially the difference between studies of policy and studies designed for the use of policy. This book begins there, then delves into questions of how and by whom knowledge of policies is produced within and outside the French state, showing that while the tension between the two types of study is real, the continued exchange of ideas between them has led to an enrichment of both spheres. The book thus lays the foundation for a more systematic understanding of policy analysis in France.
Notes on contributors
Editors’ introduction to the series
one – Policy analysis in France: introduction
Charlotte Halpern, Patrick Hassenteufel and Philippe Zittoun

Part One: The styles and methods of public policy analysis

two – On the path to public policy analysis:
an ‘administrative science’ between reform and academy
Renaud Payre and Gilles Pollet

three – The emergence of modern policy analysis in France
Fabrice Hamelin

four – Recent developments within French policy studies
Jacques de Maillard and Andy Smith

five – Methods of French policy studies
Claire Dupuy and Philippe Zittoun

Part Two: Policy analysis by governments

six – Civil servants and policy analysis in central government
Emilie Biland and Natacha Gally

seven – Policy analysis in French local government
Alain Faure and Emmanuel Négrier

eight – Beyond weakness: policy analysis in the French parliament
Olivier Rozenberg and Yves Surel

Part Three: Committees, public inquiries, and consultants

nine – Public inquiries, committees
Cécile Blatrix and Guillaume Gourgues

ten – Management consultants as policy actors
Julie Gervais and Frédéric Pierru

Part Four: Parties, interest groups, research institutes and think tanks

eleven – The field of state expertise
Mathieu Hauchecorne and Etienne Penissat

twelve – Political parties and think tanks: policy analysis oriented toward office-seeking
Camilo Argibay, Rafaël Cos and Anne-Cécile Douillet

thirteen – Economic interest groups and policy analysis in France
Guillaume Courty and Marc Milet

fourteen – NGOs, civil society and policy analysis: from mutual disinterest to reciprocal investment
Laurie Boussaguet and Charlotte Halpern

fifteen – Trade union expertise in public policy
Sophie Béroud and Jean-Marie Pernot

Part Five: Academic policy analysis

sixteen – Economics and policy analysis: ‘from state to market’?
Daniel Benamouzig and Frédéric Lebaron

seventeen – The academic world of French policy studies: training, teaching and researching
Patrick Hassenteufel and Patrick Le Galès

eighteen – Public policy analysis in France: from public action to political power
Patrice Duran

Review Quotes
Frank R. Baumgartner, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina

"French policy analysis has changed dramatically over the past generation, as has the study of public policy in France. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand these changes. The coverage is encyclopedic; the contributors define the current state of the art; and the editors have brought it together into a coherent overview. It is a major contribution to the literature."

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