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“The governance of safety in France: Is there anybody in charge?”

De Maillard, Jaques
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) Theoretical Criminology. 9(3):325-343.

France has been affected by various changes concerning safety
policies during the last two decades, especially at the local level.
Several features can be noticed: territorialization, the link between
prevention and repression; and contractualization. In such a
context, the traditional monopoly of the central state—besides
being increasingly fragmented between various agencies—on
security has ended. Such a move must be related to the growing
importance of local authorities in the elaboration and
implementation of policies against insecurity, but equally to the role
played by various other agencies. The present article seeks to
understand interagency co-ordination and point up the existence of
a complex array of networks governing safety. It also seeks to
examine critically the claim made by some scholars of the turn to
repressive policies that would affect local policies.


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