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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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Political parties and think tanks: policy analysis oriented toward office-seeking

Political parties and think tanks: policy analysis oriented toward office-seeking

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(p.209) Twelve Political parties and think tanks: policy analysis oriented toward office-seeking
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Policy Analysis in France
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Camilo Argibay

Rafaël Cos

Anne-Cécile Douillet

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447324218.003.0012

This chapter examines the role played by political parties and think tanks in the development of policy analysis in France. It shows how party-based policy analysis is interwoven with inter and intra-party competition related to the objective of seeking office. Indeed, even though policy seeking activities do not look central in the functioning of French political parties, developments in party rationales, like those in the profile of governing parties’ elites, are favourable to intensifying interest in policy issues. Political parties’ professionalization nonetheless appears to have a marked effect on their internal production of public policy expertise: party membership is marginalised while the electoral issues and internal competition have a structuring impact. Lastly, analysis of public policy expertise production shows that it is mainly done in the vicinity of party organisations, due to the significant recourse to experts outside of parties and the role of think tanks.

Keywords:   Political parties, Think tanks, Professionalization, Expertise, Policy alternative, Inter and intra-partisan competition

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