postal reform in France
Chapter five presents the first country case study on postal reform in France. It explains why reform in the state-led market economy (SME) has come with significant delay, mainly as a response to EU-imposed requirements. The chapter illustrates how the transition towards the regulatory state has involved a redeployment, rather than a disengagement of the state. It also addresses the very specific role of trade unions, which despite low union density and organisational fragmentation have had a decisive impact on the political debate. Finally, postal service reform is situated in the wider context of the predominant service public doctrine, which has shaped the emerging regulatory regime. Requirements regarding the frequency and quality of mail services provided, as well as the density and type of outlets have been relatively stable in the French context.
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