Neoliberal republic : corporate lawyers, statecraft, and the making of public-private France, The
Public-private sector cooperation Privatization Conflict of interests Politicians Public administration France law and nealiberalism, regulatory state, french power elite,
Cornell University Press 2021EISBN 1501752545
This resource traces the corrosive effects of the revolving door between public service and private enrichment on the French state and its ability to govern and regulate the private sector. Casting a piercing light on this circulation of influence among corporate lawyers and others in the French power elite, the authors analyse how this dynamic has developed with the rise of neoliberalism over the past three decades. Based on interviews with dozens of public officials in France and a unique biographical database of more than 200 civil-servants-turned-corporate-lawyers, the book explores how the always-blurred boundary between public service and private interests has been critically compromised, enabling the transformation of the regulatory state into either an ineffectual bystander or an active collaborator in the privatisation of public welfare.