How an instrument shapes local governance. : Concession contracts and the regulation of electricy supply in France (1989-2015).

Résumé : How does an instrument, namely a contract, influence local public action and the way it is governed and steered? This is the core issue of this article, which deals with the effects of the negotiation, in the 1990s, of new concession contracts between EDF and local authorities in France, the latter owning public electricity networks. The author uses the notion of “script”, developed by Madeleine Akrich, to show how EDF and rural politicians catched the contractual instrument as a means to protect against the liberalization process. In such a perspective, contract is not simply a tool which organizes cooperative relationships between partners. It appears as an instrument too, which can shape new institutional hierarchies, by designing new rules of the game. Such an action has long-term effects on local governance, especially in the current context of energy transition and metropolisation.
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Politiques et Management public, Institut de management public, 2015, 32 (3), pp.211-240
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François-Mathieu Poupeau. How an instrument shapes local governance. : Concession contracts and the regulation of electricy supply in France (1989-2015).. Politiques et Management public, Institut de management public, 2015, 32 (3), pp.211-240. 〈hal-01264559〉

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