Chad Brooks

Date of Defense



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Gunther Hega

Second Advisor

Dr. Joseph G. Reish

Third Advisor

Dr. James Butterfield


Governmental policies implemented as a result of new trends in public policy can have great effects on human life. My thesis seeks to understand and explain this phenomenon. One such trend is the devolution of power from the French national government. I was first exposed to this in 1997 while reading an article in the New York Times on the actions of Lionel Jospin on the privatization of France Telecom and the opening of the French market to the Internet versus the Minitel for a presentation in my Western European Politics course. Then in 1999,1 was working as an intern in the office of Jean-Louis Fousseret a member of the National Assembly in the Doubs region of France. Working in his office and witnessing first hand the political problems caused by government controlled industries and a centralized state solidified my decision to make this the subject of my thesis.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only