Explaining policy deadlock: the case of Sarkozy’s integration policy

Anna McKeever*

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What processes account for the deadlock in a given policy? While causes and mechanisms of policy change have been extensively researched, this paper sheds light on how formal institutional change can lead to policy deadlock. This paper examines two cases that demonstrate the absence of progress on integration policy during Sarkozy's time in office (as a Minister of the Interior and as a president). Drawing on elite interviews, the paper points out how institutional change can lead to departmental competition within new or combined structures, leading to policy deadlock, as new layered actors do not always have the capacity to push old ones out, resulting in further institutional change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-64
Number of pages14
JournalFrench Politics
Early online date27 Jan 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Jan 2020


  • policy deadlock
  • causal mechanisms
  • institutionalism
  • integration policy
  • Nicolas Sarkozy


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