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Le train des régions. Régionalisation des transports collectifs et recompositions de l'action publique

Abstract : In 2002, the regionalization of public policy reached a new stage at the end of a five year experimentation, with the transfer to the Regions of a new responsibility in public transport. This doctoral thesis is an attempt at understanding on what factors regional transport policies depend, and what it reveals in terms of the transformation of public policy. Basing our thesis on a comparative analysis of four regions (Alsace, Centre, Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées), we have studied public policy in a concrete way, through a combination of empirical and theoretical approaches. While the study of public transport has long been left to other academic fields (such as geography and economy, among others), resorting to a political science approach enabled us to shed new light on this object. Rail transport is the very archetype of the sector with its own elite, expertise and norms. It is also a sector in which policy outputs have a marked spatial, material and technical dimension. These specificities have an impact on regional policies and raise questions concerning the relations between sector and territories, as well as between technique and politics. At the same time, the study of railway regionalization is a means to further the analysis of the Region and regional power. It brings into focus new orientations, thus paving the way for a renewed approach to regional policy.
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Barone Sylvain. Le train des régions. Régionalisation des transports collectifs et recompositions de l'action publique. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. Université Montpellier I, 2008. Français. ⟨tel-00635822⟩



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