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Les Politiques publiques et action publique

Author: Thoenig, Jean-Claude INSEAD Area: Organisational BehaviourIn: Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée, vol. 5, no. 2, summer, 1998 Language: FrenchDescription: p. 295-314.Type of document: INSEAD ArticleNote: Please ask us for this itemAbstract: This theoretical paper discusses the added value but also limits linked to the concept of policy as used in sociology and political science. It argues that it is too much "stato-centric", assuming that public authorities are the main actors in politics and in economics. A fundamental progress would be to focus the study of acts and non acts of government around "public action", politics being the construct of private as well as public actors. It would allow social sciences to switch from the issue of power to the question of action and, therefore, to open up more fruitful perspectives about politics and polities
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This theoretical paper discusses the added value but also limits linked to the concept of policy as used in sociology and political science. It argues that it is too much "stato-centric", assuming that public authorities are the main actors in politics and in economics. A fundamental progress would be to focus the study of acts and non acts of government around "public action", politics being the construct of private as well as public actors. It would allow social sciences to switch from the issue of power to the question of action and, therefore, to open up more fruitful perspectives about politics and polities

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