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The Governing of French-Speaking Communities in a Minority Situation and State Partnership

Written by Louis-Patrick St-Pierre :: [Tuesday, 09 November 2010 14:38] Last updated by Azure René de Cotret :: [Wednesday, 24 February 2021 16:48]
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Year: 2010 Authors and Collaborators Forgues, Éric; Theme Cultural autonomy
Francophones Outside Quebec
Governance – Leadership
Linguistic minorities
Public Policy
Volume and number: , 29 Journal: , Politique et Sociétés Collection: , 1 Pages : , 71-90 Abstract In this article, we turn to the issues that stem from the partnership between Francophone community organizations in a minority setting & the Canadian federal state. While it seems to respond to the communities' will of taking charge of their own development, by promoting notably a process based on the principle of shared governance, this partnership nevertheless has administrative requirements that appear to weaken autonomy & the free governance of Francophone communities in a minority setting. The participation of Francophone organizations in elaborating & implementing public policies comes with the bureaucratization of their community activities & a re-assessment of their representative structures. Because they must more formally represent the community's general interest & must directly collaborate with the state in order to attain their objectives, they are compelled to act in a way that, we note, clashes with new legitimacy imperatives. These have the effect of questioning the corporatist arrangement that has formed between them & the state. It is this legitimacy issue that weighs on the new world of governance among FSMC that we wish to reveal in our research, a few elements of which we present in this article. Adapted from the source document.