Department secretaries in France
Elgie, Robert (2001) Department secretaries in France. In: Rhodes, R. A. W. and Weller, Patrick, (eds.) The changing world of top officials. Mandarins or valets? Open University Press, Buckingham, UK, pp. 11-40. ISBN 0335203027
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This chapter examines the role of departmental secretaries in France. It will be suggested that, in contrast to some of the more long-standing and well-known accounts of the French public service, departmental secretaries do not comprise an homogeneous set of actors. There are commonalities between them, but their origins, behaviour and future career trajectories remain quite varied. The result is a certain shared experience but one which is lived by different individuals in different ways.
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