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The Neoliberal Republic: Corporate Lawyers, Statecraft, and the Making of Public-Private France

Antoine Vauchez and Pierre France


This book 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 book analyzes how this dynamic, a feature of all Western democracies, has developed in concert 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 ... More

Keywords: public service, private enrichment, French state, influence, French elite, Western democracies, neoliberalism, privatization, public welfare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501752544
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501752544.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antoine Vauchez, author
Université Paris 1-Sorbonne

Pierre France, author
Université Paris 1-Sorbonne