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Charlotte Halpern, Patrick Hassenteufel, and Philippe Zittoun

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324218

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324218.001.0001

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On the path to public policy analysis: an ‘administrative science’ between reform and academy

On the path to public policy analysis: an ‘administrative science’ between reform and academy

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Policy Analysis in France
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Renaud Payre

Gilles Pollet

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447324218.003.0002

The chapter focuses on the creation of public policy analysis research groups in France from the end of the 19th century until the 1950s. It first shows the importance of an “administrative science”, which was never really institutionalized from an academic point of view, then proceeds to analyzing what kind of public policy thought was shaped through the “technocratic movement” during the interwar period. The latter movement brought together State engineers, high-ranking civil servants, trade unionists, and entrepreneurs who all focused on the importance of State reform. Finally, the chapter develops a genealogy of the French approach to public policy based on social sciences and sociology from the end of World War II until the 1950s.

Keywords:   Administrative science, Technocratic movement, Policy analysis, France

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