Steel, State, and Labor

Mobilization and Adjustment in France

The combination of a strong and interventionist state tradition and a politicized though weak trade union tradition makes analysis of the lived experience of the French steel industry in the 1970s a fascinating one. Daley's thorough analysis looks at French industrial policy, the post-World War Two developments in the industry, organized labour's response to the changing circumstances, the French government's policy of 'national champions' and steel's place in this, the politics of industrial decline. . . . It is a welcome addition to the literature in the field.
Labour History Review

The creation of wealth depends on the capacity of economic actors to adapt to market changes. Such adaptation, in turn, poses fundamental questions about the distribution of resources. Daley investigates the interaction among business, labor, and the state in France in the second half of the twentieth century and reveals how political dynamics refract market pressures. He explains how and why profitability came at the expense of union mobilization, unemployment, and management autonomy, vast amounts of state aid, and less national control over industrial decision making.

312 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

February, 1996

isbn : 9780822956020

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Anthony Daley

Anthony Daley is Visiting Scholar at the Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut.

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