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Les députés, leurs assistants et les usages du crédit collaborateurs. Une sociologie du travail politique

Abstract : This analysis of how the staffs of members of the French parliament are organized focuses on the tasks that deputies assign to their parliamentary assistants. The distribution of tasks among assistants suggests that the organization and division of labor should be understood mainly in relation to the pressures generated by elections in the home district. Most staff-members are assigned to this work, since a seat in the National Assembly very much depends on providing services to constituents. The staff is so involved in solving constituents’ “personal” problems of various sorts that its members are forced to devise strategies for regulating demand and providing often token responses. Developing relations with constituents even affects the staff's legislative tasks. For deputies, it is a way to reduce the “occupational” risks inherent in elective office. Deputies adapt to a voting system that pushes them to adopt a conception of representation closer to being a spokesperson for a district's inhabitants than being a representative of the Nation.
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Patrick Le Lidec. Les députés, leurs assistants et les usages du crédit collaborateurs. Une sociologie du travail politique. Sociologie du Travail, Association pour le développement de la sociologie du travail, 2008, 50 (2), pp.147 - 168. ⟨hal-01401438⟩



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