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Revue française de science politique

2016/3 (Vol. 66)

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The merger mania within public bureaucracies has been widely explored in academic literature on the transformations of the states. Based on a process tracing approach, this article explores the mechanisms of institutional change in the major merger process of the French territorial state (the ministerial field units at regional and departmental level and the prefect system) from 2007 to 2009. While searchingly studying the various sequences of this reform process, the article tests the influence of four causal mechanisms to understand the transformations of the French territorial administration : the influence of the political executive on the structural choices ; the diffusion of legitimate rational myths ; the role of institutional entrepreneurs in reorganizations ; the influence of bureaucratic politics in the redesign of the boundaries of public administrations.


  • administrative reform
  • organization
  • territorial administration
  • decision
  • merger
  • institutional entrepreneurs
  • prefectoral corps
  • rational myth
  • process tracing
  • bureaucratic politics
  • state
  • France
  • general review of public policy

To cite this article

Philippe Bezes, Patrick Le Lidec, “ Politiques de la fusion ”, Revue française de science politique 3/2016 (Vol. 66) , p. 507-541
URL : www.cairn.info/revue-francaise-de-science-politique-2016-3-page-507.htm.
DOI : 10.3917/rfsp.663.0507.

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