Policy of interest and patrimonialization of public policies in Southern Europe: The case of telecommunications

Abstract : Is it purely a coincidence that the analyses that we have been able to carry out on the development of telecommunications policies in Southern Europe have scarely considered the matter from the angle of being behind (Négrier et al., 1993 & 1994; Négrier, 1994)? The idea itself of being behind puts the political specialist in a predicament. Even if we agree on the fact that statistics are not a satisfactory manner of dealing with the matter, because they cannot explain the phenomena they describe, there still remains the subject of socio-political relevance of such questioning. In this field as well as in many others, it is therefore a matter of taking a stand in the thirty-year-old controversy between developmentalists and differentialists. The former accept being behind (or archaic term, traditionalism instead) and attempt to explain the causes without always being convincing in their presuppositions, while the latter refute the idea and deprive themselves of placing the policies or systems that they observe within a dynamic comparative perspective. In the field that we are dealing with, Southern Europe is certainly a fertile arena for comparaisons and critical assessment of theories considered to be dominant concerning the south’s persistent lagging behind in relation to the north.
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Emmanuel Négrier. Policy of interest and patrimonialization of public policies in Southern Europe: The case of telecommunications. South European Society and Politics, Taylor & Francis, 2000, The case of telecommunications, 2 (1), pp.103 - 119. ⟨hal-01442531⟩

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