Les consultants font-ils (de) la politique

Abstract : Are consultants political actors? If one can easily admit that the entourages of the politicians (advisors, members of cabinets, etc.) are themselves real political actors, can the same be said about consultants ? These actors involved in the shaping of public policies, despite their ubiquity, are still neglected by the academic investigations, especially in Political Science. The aim of the article, and of the whole symposium introduced here, is to suggest original insights on this topic, namely three different ways to consider the political dimension of consultancy. First of all, the article discusses the influence consultants supposedly have on (or instead of) the administration ; it also stresses the pivotal role of methods and procedures that obscure (rather than neutralize) political issues ; it finally underlines that these intermediary actors may contribute to the standardization and normalization of public policies.
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Stéphane Cadiou, François-Mathieu Poupeau, David Guéranger. Les consultants font-ils (de) la politique. Politiques et Management public, Institut de management public, 2012, 29 (1), pp.9-19. ⟨https://journals.openedition.org/pmp/4582#quotation⟩. ⟨halshs-00820546⟩

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