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Reviews: The New Custodians of the State: Programmatic Elites in French Society

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During the past ten years, the French sociology of unelected political and administrative elites went through an important renewal. The works of Bruno Latour on the Conseil d’État, Dominique Schnapper on the Conseil constitutionnel, Sylvain Laurens on immigration officials, Emilie Biland-Curinier on local civil servants, Michel Offerlé on lobbying, Yves Dezalay on economic and legal advisors—and many others—have studied groups and institutions almost unanalyzed until then, and often approached them using innovative theoretical perspectives. In The New Custodians of the State (an adapted translation of his 2008 book, L’élite des politiques de l’État), William Genieys contributes to this exploration of neglected fields by focusing on social welfare and defense policymakers in France. However, the author does not take part in the ongoing discussions within the sociology of elites, but dialogues with older references and with the political science literature.
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Bruno Cousin. Reviews: The New Custodians of the State: Programmatic Elites in French Society. Contemporary Sociology, 2011, 40 (5), pp.591-592. ⟨10.1177/0094306111419111v⟩. ⟨hal-03610728⟩
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