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14:43 Oct 23, 2007
French to English translations [PRO] Social Sciences - Social Science, Sociology, Ethics, etc.
French term or phrase:notabilaire
"la résistance des réseaux notabilaires ce qui constitue en soi un échec du pouvoir qui visait un réaménagement du champ politique et une mise à niveau des élites."
Explanation: As per Alain, it looks like the term goes back to the "Assemblée des notables", a group of advisors selected by the King, and it always seems to suggest power being kept within the friends and family of an established elite, which in modern terms could be described as "cronyism" (unless this is actually a text about monarchical France).
"Old boys networks" also another possibility (maybe a bit free), "exclusive" networks, or just "established networks".
Melissa McMahon Australia Local time: 15:36 Specializes in field Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 24