The New custodians of the State and the transformation of Health Policy in France (1981-2007)

Abstract : This paper combines methods in sociology of elites with those in public policy in order to build a new elite ideal-type (“custodians of the state”). I present the constitutive elements of this elite type – social backgrounds, occupational careers and specializations in sovereign policies sectors, formal position-holding, reputations for policy influence, and not least shared ideas – with what elites actually do in public policy decision process. By applying this approach to French health policy since the early 1980s, I highlight the structure and the increasing importance of this new elite type in the reshaping of French strong state capacity.
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William Genieys. The New custodians of the State and the transformation of Health Policy in France (1981-2007) . The restructuring of European states: conceptual and empirical issues , Centre d’Etudes Européennes at Science Po Paris, Dec 2012, Paris, France. ⟨hal-01404855⟩

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