Strategic analysis center (France)

The Centre d'analyse stratégique is a decision-making and expertise institution under the authority of the French Prime Minister. Established by decree on 6 March 2006, the Centre’s mission is to advise the Government in the creation and application of economic, social, environmental and cultural policy. It was the successor to the long-lasting and powerful Plan Commission (Commissariat général du Plan). It was replaced in 2013 by the Commissariat général à la stratégie et à la prospective [fr] (General commission for strategy and economic foresight).

At the request of the Prime Minister, it provides forecasts for major governmental reforms.

On its own initiative, it carries out studies and analysis as part of an annual working program.

It gives particular attention to the European dimension of the questions it examines. In this capacity, the Centre collaborates with the Secrétariat général des affaires européennes [fr] (SGAE: General Secretary to European Affairs) in the preparation and follow-up of reform programs (PNR) intended to realize the growth and employment objectives of the Lisbon strategy.

It draws upon an 11-member Steering Committee that includes two Deputies, two Senators and a member of the economic and social council (Conseil économique et social).

It consists of a permanent team of experts and scientific advisors drawn from the world of research.

It liaises with the principal consulting and expertise advisors in the Prime Minister’s service: the Conseil d’Orientation pour l’Emploi, the Conseil d’Analyse de la Société, the Conseil de l’Emploi, des Revenus et de la Cohésion sociale, the Conseil d’Analyse Economique, the Haut Conseil d’Intégration and the Conseil d’Orientation des Retraites. Conveniently located at the heart of the national and European advisory networks, the Centre d’Analyse Stratégique enjoys the support of the following organisations in the running of its own projects : French ministries and administrative bodies, European Union, think-tanks and foundations, Foreign correspondents, etc.

All of the Centre’s work is made public on the centre's official site, printed editions by La Documentation française.

Each year, the Centre also organizes around a dozen public events, including seminars, colloquiums and one-day conferences.

Finally, the Centre d’analyse stratégique publishes an annual report summarizing that year’s work.

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The Centre d’analyse stratégique’s four research areas:

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