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The Socio-Political Universe of French Civil Servants

Two questions dominate the debate about the social situation of French
civil servants and its future: on the one hand, are civil servants similar
to the employees of the private sector? On the other hand, to what
extent can it be said that the civil servants of the various member states
of the European Union share similar representations and similar values?
A survey of long-term socio-political data indicates that even though
the electoral behaviour of civil servants tend to resemble that of private
sector employees, those who work for the state maintain a cultural
specificity (values of solidarity, lesser influence of economic liberalism).
The comparative analysis of values in Europe indicates that French civil
servants, just like private sector employees, are not set apart by their
refusal of innovation and change, but rather by a tendency to withdraw
into their private sphere and by a lack of ambition. Reformism always
represents a risk for social servants. This attitude can be explained by
the lack of professional autonomy, a weak level of interpersonal trust,
and the confinement of trade-unions to a protest role.

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Référence électonique : Luc ROUBAN, "The Socio-Political Universe of French Civil Servants", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°117, 117 - Serviteurs de l’État, p.39-54 . Consulté le 2021-10-16 08:26:06 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/The-Socio-Political-Universe-of.html