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Local public policies of sustainable development : toward administrative and territorial organisational changes

Gaël Plumecocq 1, * 
Abstract : The implementation of sustainable development requires substantive organisational changes. As far as local communities are concerned, these changes regard both the organisation of the administrative work and the way territories are managed. In order to be fully institutionalized these changes need to meet certain legitimacy. This paper analyzes the difficulties local communities are facing in attempting to implement the changes sustainability demands. The methodology relies on textual analysis of interviews led in the local communities of the Nord – Pas de Calais region (North France). The results, interpreted with the “Economies of Worth” model suggest two main interpretations: first, organisational changes fail to be implemented because the objective frame of sustainability public actions collides with the usual frame of the public service; second, the criticisms that sustainability directs at the usual mode of administration confronts the social worth put forward by the justifications of the French public services. As a result, sustainable development lacks legitimacy in order to justify substantive organisational changes in the way local public actions are led in France. But finally, focusing on sustainability brings back together environmental management and consistency of decisions in a mode of cooperation that fits within the legitimacy of the French public decision.
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Gaël Plumecocq. Local public policies of sustainable development : toward administrative and territorial organisational changes. Colloque de la Société Française d’Economie Rurale. 5èmes Journées de Recherches en Sciences Sociales, Saisissez le nom du laboratoire, du service ou du département., Ville service., Dec 2011, Dijon, France. 17p. ⟨hal-02807487⟩



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