Workers' Participation in Post-liberation France

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Lexington Books, 2001 - Business & Economics - 245 pages
Workers' Participation in Post-Liberation France is a vivid portrait of French labor's failure to achieve greater industrial democracy. Drawing on original archival research, Adam Steinhouse recasts the traditional view of this critical period of French history, demonstrating the fundamental importance of the immediate post-liberation period in determining the future course of industrial relations in France. He brings to life the labor disputes of the 1940s, charting the interplay between industry and politicians that dealt a crushing blow to organized labor's demands for political change. Steinhouse captures the rise of state intervention in the economy and plots the growth of French employers' organized intransigence in the face of workers' collective action; which culminated in a series of actions effectively marginalizing labor's voice in the economic boom of the early 1950s. Steinhouse's impressive scholarship provides an excellent case study of the French state and its efforts to balance growing worker demands for representation with the imperatives of social peace and prosperity. This book makes a significant contribution to modern French political history and the development of modern industrial relations.
 

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Contents

The State the CGT Employers Actors and Theories
9
Promotion of Participation by the State
57
Participation in the Workplace
87
Constraints on Participation The Workplace
119
Constraints on Participation The CGT
141
Constraints on Participation The State
171
Conclusion
195
Official Bodies with Trade Union and Employer Representation
209
Bibliography
213
Index
233
About the Author
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Page ix - CGPME : Confédération Générale des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises. CGT : Confédération Générale du Travail. CGT-FO : Confédération Générale du Travail-Force Ouvrière.

About the author (2001)

Adam Steinhouse has taught at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and at the London School of Economics. He is currently Senior Lecturer in European Government at the U.K. Civil Service College.

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