off the shelf

11:01 Sep 17, 2018
English to French translations [Non-PRO]
Government / Politics / étude de la banque mondiale
English term or phrase: off the shelf
"In learning from other countries, even from similar low- and middle-income countries, they would do well to avoid borrowing policies and interventions “off the shelf” from other countries."
Yacine_Madaci
France
Local time: 11:05


Summary of answers provided
4 +1sans adaptation
Eliza Hall
4 +1"prêtes à l'emploi"
Renvi Ulrich
4Solutions toutes prêtes
HERBET Abel
Summary of reference entries provided
La standardisation et les mécanismes du transfert transnational
Aurélie Hampel

  

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sans adaptation


Explanation:
"Off the shelf" in this context means as-is, without any changes. In other words, the text recommends against Country A adopting policies or interventions used in Country B as-is; rather, Country A should adapt any such policies or interventions to better suit its own unique situation and needs.

Eliza Hall
United States
Local time: 05:05
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Aurélie Hampel: I would add "sans adaptation locale"
1 hr
  -> Good idea.

agree  Daryo: reprendre / copier des solutions d'ailleur telles quelles
13 hrs

disagree  Yvonne Gallagher: not what expression means. You are translating the context which won't work with "avoid". agree with explanation for FULL sentence
23 hrs
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5 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
Solutions toutes prêtes


Explanation:
Proposé

HERBET Abel
Local time: 11:05
Native speaker of: French
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"prêtes à l'emploi"


Explanation:
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Note added at 1 day 2 hrs (2018-09-18 13:55:54 GMT)
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Ou solutions "toutes faites"

Renvi Ulrich
Cameroon
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  AllegroTrans
11 hrs
  -> Thanks AllegroTrans!

disagree  Daryo: the way it's used in this ST the whole point / the implied idea is that "off the shelf" solutions are NOT "prêtes à l'emploi" because they blissfully ignore specific requirements of the country where they are uncritically transplanted.
16 hrs
  -> "prêtes à l'emploi" here is a french idiom meaning "Used as is, without any further customisation"

agree  Yvonne Gallagher: yes, that's what idiom means & the words "avoid borrowing" are in there which Daryo seems to have ignored.
1 day 2 hrs
  -> Thanks Yvonne!
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Reference comments


4 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
Reference: La standardisation et les mécanismes du transfert transnational

Reference information:
An academic article from the prestigious political science school "Science Po" (France)

"Il ne s’agit donc pas d’examiner le parcours de ces modèles une fois exportés, autrement dit leur diffusion, mais d’étudier comment s’élabore un « modèle standard » avant qu’il ne soit diffusé, adopté puis adapté localement."

« modèle standard » : "off the shelf"


    https://www.cairn.info/revue-gouvernement-et-action-publique-2012-1-page-37.htm
Aurélie Hampel
France
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench

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agree  Yvonne Gallagher
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