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Building the New Managerialist StateConsultants and the Politics of Public Sector Reform in Comparative Perspective$
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Denis Saint-Martin

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269068

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269068.001.0001

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France: Reforming from within, or statism and managerialism

France: Reforming from within, or statism and managerialism

(p.163) 5 France: Reforming from within, or statism and managerialism
Building the New Managerialist State

Denis Saint-Martin

Oxford University Press

France began to incorporate management-consulting knowledge a lot later than Britain and Canada did. The state adopted the 1989 policy on the Renewal of Civil Service that prioritized human resource management, responsabilisation or accountability, programme evaluation, and service delivery. The techniques and ideas used to attain these priorities were associated with new managerialism in terms of including decentralized budgetary techniques, programme evaluation, techniques for setting standards and improving public services quality, and the shift of the relationships between administrative units from hierarchy to contract. Managerialist ideas in France are generally less influential because of the underlying bureaucratic reform policy ideas that emphasize the public aspect of state administration.

Keywords:   management consultation, Renewal of Civil Service, budgetary techniques, programme evaluation, contract, bureaucratic reform policy

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