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From the Democratic Deficit to a Democratic SurplusConstructing Administrative Democracy in Europe$
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Athanasios Psygkas

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190632762

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190632762.001.0001

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(p.77) 3 France
From the Democratic Deficit to a Democratic Surplus

Athanasios Psygkas

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the first country case. The French example is illuminating because the EU procedural mandates were transposed into a policymaking environment traditionally described as “statist” and suspicious toward interest groups. This pattern has its origins in the French Revolution and the “republican” perception of the state which would squarely oppose the deliberative-participatory model of chapter 1. Chapter 3 examines how the EU push for new mechanisms of public accountability has translated into institutional practice in the electronic communications sector. It situates these developments in the historical context of the evolution of the French administrative model and state-society relations. It also discusses whether these new processes may gradually give rise to a different perception of the administrative state, one that will be more open to participatory influences in all sectors of administrative policymaking.

Keywords:   administrative democracy, ARCEP, Conseil d’État, consultative committees, CRPA, France, general interest, Jacobinism, lobbying, net neutrality

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