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Jacques Ziller
The convergence of national administrative procedures: comments on the european perspective
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The so called ‘Napoleonic system of administration’ which has been referred to by so many today has changed very quickly. The French administrative system of the XIXth Century is not that of Napoleon, but has much to do with Benjamin Constant, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Alexandre François Auguste Vivien de Goubert, who is hardly known outside of France. Reading Vivien, who wrote his “Études administratives” in the middle of  the XIXth Century, one discovers that French public administration, and hence also the French law of administration, was very much about contract.

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