Publication Type:

Conference Paper


4th annual Congress of the European Society of Criminology, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2004)

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France has been affected by various changes concerning safety policies during the last two decades, especially at the local level. Several features con be noticed: territorialisation, link between prevention and repression, contractualisation. In such a context, the traditional monopoly of the central state, besides increasingly fragmented between various agencies - on security has ended. Such a move must be related to the growing importance of local government in the elaboration and implementation of policies against insecurity, but equally to the role played by various institutions concerned by insecurity (in housing and transports especially) or also by private actors (non-profit organisations or enterprises acting in the field of security). The present paper seeks to understand how do all these actors coordinate their projects. Do they manage to work together? Do they cope with the complexity of the overlap of social and security issues? Does one witness a new local public order?


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