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John Merriman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195072532

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072532.001.0001

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The State’s Victory Over Defiant Municipalities

The State’s Victory Over Defiant Municipalities

(p.167) 7 The State’s Victory Over Defiant Municipalities
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This final chapter describes and analyzes the gradual victory of state centralization over recurrent municipal claims of authority over the commissaires de police. It takes as its central example the case of Lyon, then France's second city, where a series of mayors put forth claims that the municipality, which paid the police out of the municipal budget, should be the predominant authority over municipal police, and not the prefect. Toulouse and Strasbourg provide similar examples. In the end, state centralization, and thus the central government and its chief authority in each département, won out.

Keywords:   Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, state centralization, municipal budget, prefect, mayor, commissaires de police

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