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Le maire en action: gouvernement urbain et production de politiques publiques. Michel Delebarre à Dunkerque

Abstract : Changes in the French political, administrative system and trends in the economy starting in the 1970s have reshaped power at the municipal level. The figure of the mayor as a “notable” has apparently taken a more entrepreneurial and managerial turn in line with changes in local government, its sources of revenue and contractual procedures. By studying the mayor through the prism of the production of public policy at the local level, this shift can be qualified: the role as a notable is tapped in mobilizing resources, while the dynamic entrepreneurial role comes into play in steering policies, timing interventions and assessing the related risks. The observation of the whole process of producing the two urban policies described in Dunkerque sheds light on how the “municipal team” led by the mayor defines the rules of the game, takes diverging interests into account and maintains an interdependence between the various actors involved in policy-implementation. This article seeks to open a dialog between a case study of a municipal government and the observation of local public policy so as to understand changes in the levers of local power.
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Pauline Prat. Le maire en action: gouvernement urbain et production de politiques publiques. Michel Delebarre à Dunkerque. Sociologie du Travail, Association pour le développement de la sociologie du travail, 2008, 50 (2), pp.200 - 218. ⟨10.1016/j.soctra.2008.03.004⟩. ⟨hal-03461885⟩

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