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The National Origins of Policy IdeasKnowledge Regimes in the United States, France, Germany, and Denmark$
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John L. Campbell and Ove K. Pedersen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691150314

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691150314.001.0001

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The Decline of Dirigisme in France

The Decline of Dirigisme in France

(p.84) Chapter 3 The Decline of Dirigisme in France
The National Origins of Policy Ideas

John L. Campbell

Ove K. Pedersen

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the political-economic problems that France faced in the aftermath of the Golden Age. These political-economic problems persisted and precipitated what some people described as a crisis of ideas within the state—the realization that the statist knowledge regime was too insulated and therefore suffered a lack of fresh thinking. In turn, policymakers began to encourage the development of new semi-public policy research organizations outside the state as well as new ones inside it in an effort to cultivate new ideas. This externalization strategy was very much a part of France's move away from dirigisme—central state-led economic development—and involved the gradual if partial separation of the knowledge regime from the policymaking regime, which earlier had been virtually indistinguishable from each other.

Keywords:   political-economic problems, France, ideas crisis, statist knowledge regime, semi-public policy research, policy research organizations, dirigisme, economic development, central state, knowledge regime, policymaking regime

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