Monday, March 2, 2009

Balladur, Terrible Complexificateur

François Miclo dismantles the Balladur Commission report, which aspires to dismantle the existing regions in the name of simplicity. A brilliant dissection, which concludes with the simple observation that the Balladur Commission, for all its gusto in slicing up the map of France with the abandon of the revolutionary commissars who created the départements in the wake of the Revolution, failed to carry out the mission entrusted to it, namely, to clarify or at least simplify the relations among different levels of local and regional government and eliminate overlapping resources and responsibilities.

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