Parution de ’Prefects, Governors and Commissioners. Territorial Representatives of the State in Europe’

Un ouvrage dirigé par Gildas TANGUY & Jean-Michel EYMERI-DOUZANS

Vient de paraître aux édition Palgrave Macmillan, (London, 2021).

Présentation :

Is the Prefect an exception, surviving only in France and some countries influenced by Napoleon ? No ! This book tells the varied stories of the resilience, in most European States and under different names, of the prefectoral institution. It is the first comparative book in English studying these territorial administrators who have a go-between role in centre-periphery relations and a nodal role in territorial governance. Gathering a multidisciplinary team of scholars under the auspices of the European Group for Public Administration, this volume offers a fine-grained analysis of 17 national cases, examines cross-country data, and proposes a theoretical frame made of a Weberian ideal-type with three variants, to better comprehend and explain the permanence and changes of the prefectoral figure.

Professors Tanguy and Eymeri-Douzans have assembled an interesting, timely collection of papers on the role of the prefect, or its equivalents, in contemporary Europe. This book fills a gap in the existing literature, and demonstrates that even countries that appear to favor decentralization also have forms of monitoring and control from the center. The book is made even more interesting by its anchoring in administrative history, and the patterns of diffusion of the role of prefect.(Professor B. Guy Peters, Maurice Falk Professor of Government, University of Pittsburgh)

Jean-Michel Eymeri-Douzans and Gildas Tanguy’s edited volume on regional governors in Europe will be the standard reference in its field. Offering more than 10 country chapters as well as comparative assessments, it is a valuable source to anyone interested in regional government and governance in Europe. (Professor Jon Pierre, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg)

“This book is a must for anyone interested in meso-level or regional governance. It breaks new ground, insofar as its focuses not so much on networks, as on a particular figure with a strong nodality : the territorial representative of the State. Sometimes neglected in recent research, or reduced to being a French and Italian exception, such prefects, governors or State delegates can be found in most countries within and beyond continental Europe. Tanguy and Eymeri-Douzans have coordinated a fine comparative study that fills an important void.”
(Professor Alistair Cole, Head of the Department of Government & International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University.)

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[**Gildas Tanguy, Jean-Michel Eymeri-Douzans (Eds.)*] [*{Prefects, Governors and Commissioners. Territorial Representatives of the State in Europe.}*] DOI Print ISBN 978-3-030-59395-7 Online ISBN 978-3-030-59396-4 Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021 Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan, Political Science and International Studies Political Science and International Studies (R0)