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Parution : 01/2021
Editeur : Cornell University Press
ISBN : 978-1-5017-5255-1
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The Neoliberal Republic

Corporate Lawyers, Statecraft, and the Making of Public-Private France

Antoine Vauchez, Pierre France

Présentation de l'éditeur

The Neoliberal Republic 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, Antoine Vauchez and Pierre France analyze 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-corporate-lawyers, The Neoliberal Republic 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 privatization of public welfare. The cumulative effect of these developments, the authors reveal, undermines democratic citizenship and the capacity to imagine the public good.



Translated by Meg Morley

Foreword by Samuel Moyn


1. In-between the Public and the Private: The New Lawyering Business

2. The Public-Private Foundations of the Neoliberal State

3. The Hollowing Out of the Public Interest

4. A Black Hole in Democracy?

Conclusion: On the "Public Spirited-ness" of the State

The Humanities in Politics and Law , 204 pages.  $21.95

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