William Genieys advances the thesis of the emergence of a state political elite... Read More
What happens behind the formal authorities of power (the president and ministers)? How and by whom are the new programs of public politics defined? These are the interrogations that guide this inquiry, leading to the heart of decision making processes, and centering on the role of high functionaries and members of administrative cabinets.
William Genieys advances the thesis of the emergence of a state political elite. Solidly institutionalized and very specialized, these groups of actors observed in the sectors of defense and social protection are mobilized around their vision of public politics and act in order to safeguard "the" model of social security or still yet of French style defense.
Fifty years after the denunciation of the misdeeds of The Power Elite on the healthy functioning of American democracy by Charles Wright Mills, this work reopens the debate. Contrary to the dominant theses on the “end of the State” in the context of globalization and the European built economy, the political elite is in the process of giving institutional advantage back to the State.
William Genieys directs CNRS research at the Center of Political Studies of Latin Europe (Cepel). He teaches comparative politics and the sociologie of elites at the University Montpellier I. He is an equal co-director of the Political Science review South Pole.
II – LES ÉLITES DE LA DÉFENSE FACE AU CHANGEMENT DE POLITIQUES
Chapitre 2 / POLITIQUE D’ARMEMENT ET ÉMERGENCE D’UNE ÉLITE DE PROJET
L’invention du « meilleur char du monde »
Aux armements et caetera
La mobilisation d’une élite de projet
Chapitre 6 / DES TRAJECTOIRES ÉLITAIRES ANCRÉES DANS LE SECTEUR SOCIAL
Les grands anciens
La génération 81
Les gestionnaires du social
Chapitre 7 / L’AFFIRMATION D’UNE ÉLITE QUI GOUVERNE LES POLITIQUES
Le retournement de la contrainte financière
Une capacité à gouverner par les instruments
Une vision cohérente et partagée du rôle de l’État
Conclusion / POUR UNE SOCIOLOGIE COMPARÉE DE L’ÉLITE DES POLITIQUES DE L’ÉTAT