Author: Stefan Schepers
Widespread consideration of the role of the public sector was bound to develop in a society confronted by a serious economic crisis.
The reforms of local government carried out in the 60s and 70s have not led to the strengthening of local authorities and their means, as claimed deceptively in politica! speeches, hut towards more influence by central government on these authorities and ultimately to its increased power over the administration of society.
There is not doubt that the state in its diligence to run almost everything is not only failing in its task of governing hut is also putting society at risk. The administrations which come under the intermediary authorities could form a useful counterforce against the ever present invasion of the state.
For reason of its reduced capabilities local government shows the first virtue of not being able to claim hegemony, but also of being an instrument close to the citizen and his control. Furthermore it could manage many tasks in the best way.
How to Cite: Schepers, S. (1986) “Réflexions sur l'administration intermédiaire”, Res Publica. 28(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/rp.v28i1.19196