Governance: An international journal of policy, administration and institutions

France: a “radical break” on applying the brakes

In 2003 the French government implemented a new automated system for detecting and punishing speed limit violations. In the current issue of Governance (July 2010), Fabrice Hamelin of the French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research examines how this “rapid, radical break” in policy on speed limit enforcement came about.  Underlying the change in policy was a more fundamental shift in thinking about the role of central government in this policy domain, Hamelin says.  “The adoption of Automated Speed Enforcement confirms that the state — and with it French statism — has not said its last word . . . The instrument chosen enables a comeback by the state.”  Read the article, “Renewal of Public Policy via Instrumental Innovation: Implementing Automated Speed Enforcement in France.”

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September 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm

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