L'intercommunalité, créature de l'Etat : Analyse socio-historique de la coopération intercommunale dans le bassin chambérien

Abstract : Literature on municipal cooperation tends to oppose, in accordance with centre/periphery
distinction, the urge for reform by the central State and the capacities of resistance of local
governments, thus concluding that there has been a loss of power of the French State over
the latter. This article contributes to rethink the political role of central State in intermunicipal
institutions. Based on a long-term study of the French agglomeration of Chambéry,
it focuses on the social and political effects of institutions. In particular, it analyses how State
representatives originally played a key role in institutional design, giving local cooperation
a decisive and sustainable orientation. In such a perspective, municipal cooperation appears
to be a c´reature of the State' which, while escaping its initial purposes, works as a particularly
effective mechanism of political integration.
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David Guéranger. L'intercommunalité, créature de l'Etat : Analyse socio-historique de la coopération intercommunale dans le bassin chambérien. Revue Francaise de Science Politique, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, 2008, 58 (4), pp.595-616. ⟨halshs-00370410⟩

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