A Day in Paris – April 17, 2013
1. The greatest degree of power in this exercise belonged to the national level. They were the ones who were in charge of what money should go where. They were in Paris and they had control over expenses and projects and everyone had to look to them for funding.
2. Subnational governments get recognition for regional needs by applying to the the national government in Paris. They have representatives who discuss with leaders how much money they need and why they need it. In our exercise, regions could also work together to get funding for a project that would benefit them both. Having strong representation at the national level is important for your region, and they must be good at negotiating or else your region may lose out on funding or projects.
3. I believe the unitary system hinders the relationship between citizens and government because there are so many levels of government and it is a trickle down relationship. The message people might have for their government would get so filtered through all the levels of government so the actual message will be lost.
4. I did not know that the unitary system was so strong in France, and that the central government in Paris is so powerful in France. The whole system of procuring funds for projects in regions seemed quite easy and non-confrontational. However, I wonder if it is like that in actuality or just in our exercise.
5. Everyone in our group said the process was fun and wished more were that easy.
I would have like to learn more about the different parties and how they interact with each other. There seems to be a lot of parties and all with very different agendas so it would be interesting to find out if they get along civilly or not.