"Citizens, volunteers, chosen by lot, to control the public action"

The country should be provided with democratic and participatory instruments that would allow the whole body of society to gradually and peacefully decide on the use of public money, advocates Fabien Tastet, president of the Association of territorial administrators of La France.

By Fabien Tastet Posted today at 13h49

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"We are witnessing a resurgence of suspicions of mismanagement, corruption and, basically, the feeling that public action, too complex, is out of control. " (The
"We are witnessing a resurgence of suspicions of mismanagement, corruption and, basically, the feeling that public action, too complex, is out of control. "(The" letter to the French "Emmanuel Macron). LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP

Tribune. "We can not, in any case, pursue tax cuts without lowering the overall level of our public spending. " This postulate, nested in the heart of the letter that the President of the Republic has just addressed to the French, sums up well the challenge of asking our fellow citizens, in just two months, to arbitrate between taxes and public spending. A tough choice if it is, both, as regards the use of public money, the French are schizophrenic, unless they also testify to a complex thought ...

As indicated in the Ipsos survey for The world appeared in November, the consent to the tax, judged from now on unfair, opaque, confiscatory, knows a slow but certain erosion. However, and here lies the paradox, the French keep more than ever public service pegged to the body and, better, say so bluntly.

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In our annual barometer "the French and local public services", they declare themselves to be 80% satisfied with the services provided by local authorities. When asked about 15 public policies, they did not show any of them a desire to reduce resources. Faced with the deep fractures that cross our country, they even call for more public intervention in health or solidarity between cities and rural and peri-urban areas.

Discover from the inside

To get out of this dilemma, it is therefore necessary to provide the country with democratic and participatory instruments that would allow the whole body of society to pronounce gradually and calmly on the use of public money.

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Citizen audits are part of this perspective. While a veil of opacity has settled between the compulsory levies and public services that are actually received in return by the French, there is an upsurge of suspicions of mismanagement, corruption and, basically, the feeling that public action, too complex, is out of control.

Since they feel that public money is misused, why not give the French the ability to make sure otherwise?

As has been done for the exercise of justice, citizens, volunteers and drawn by lot, could therefore integrate the teams that now have the task of controlling public action (regional chambers of accounts, Court of Auditors, etc.). This active participation would allow public opinion to better discover, from within, the functioning of public structures, their constraints, their successes.

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