Workers' Participation in Post-Liberation France

Workers' Participation in Post-Liberation France

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This is a portrait of French labour's failure to achieve greater industrial democracy. Drawing on original archival research, Adam Steinhouse has recast 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 looks at the labour disputes of the 1940s and the interplay between industry and politicians that dealt a crushing blow to organized labour's demands for political change. Steinhouse examines the rise of state intervention in the economy and the growth of French employers' organized intransigence in the face of workers' collective action, which culminated in a series of actions effectively marginalizing labour's voice in the economic book of the early more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 25.4mm | 498.96g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739102826
  • 9780739102824

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Adam Steinhouse's book provides a good overview of the crucial period 1944 to 1948, when the basic institutions and patterns of labor relations were set for what turned out to be the next forty years. His use of the archives of the Ministry of Labor, prefect reports and Prime Minister's cabinet details the give-and-take process. In the end, although workers were far more represented in the workplace and the state than before the war, this was qualitatively less than in fuller corporatist set-ups like Sweden and Germany.--John Barzman, University of Le Havreshow more

About Adam Steinhouse

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 more