The transformation of French industrial relations: Labor representation and the state in a post-Dirigiste era

Title:
The transformation of French industrial relations: Labor representation and the state in a post-Dirigiste era
Authors:
Howell, Chris
Abstract:
Despite continued social protest, something quite fundamental has changed in the regulation of class relations in France. This article explores two paradoxes of this transformation. First, a dense network of institutions of social dialogue and worker representation has become implanted in French firms at the same time as trade union strength has declined. Second, the transformation has involved a relaxation of centralized labor market regulation on the part of the state, yet the French state remains a central actor in the reconstruction of the industrial relations system. Institutional reform of industrial relations could not take place without the active intervention of the state because employers and trade unions alone were unable to create durable industrial relations institutions. The collapse of trade unionism meant the need for new actors on the labor side and only the state could both create and confer legitimacy upon those new actors.
Citation:
Howell, Chris. 2009. The Transformation of French Industrial Relations: Labor Representation and the State in a Post-Dirigiste Era. Politics & Society 37, no. 2:229-256.
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
DATE ISSUED:
2009-06
Department:
Politics
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1177/0032329209333993
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/309224

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dc.contributor.authorHowell, Chrisen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:05:04Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:05:04Z-
dc.date.issued2009-06en
dc.identifier.citationHowell, Chris. 2009. The Transformation of French Industrial Relations: Labor Representation and the State in a Post-Dirigiste Era. Politics & Society 37, no. 2:229-256.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0032-3292en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/309224-
dc.description.abstractDespite continued social protest, something quite fundamental has changed in the regulation of class relations in France. This article explores two paradoxes of this transformation. First, a dense network of institutions of social dialogue and worker representation has become implanted in French firms at the same time as trade union strength has declined. Second, the transformation has involved a relaxation of centralized labor market regulation on the part of the state, yet the French state remains a central actor in the reconstruction of the industrial relations system. Institutional reform of industrial relations could not take place without the active intervention of the state because employers and trade unions alone were unable to create durable industrial relations institutions. The collapse of trade unionism meant the need for new actors on the labor side and only the state could both create and confer legitimacy upon those new actors.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0032329209333993-
dc.subject.departmentPoliticsen_US
dc.titleThe transformation of French industrial relations: Labor representation and the state in a post-Dirigiste eraen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalPolitics & Societyen_US
dc.subject.keywordIndustrial relationsen_US
dc.subject.keywordTrade unionsen_US
dc.subject.keywordFranceen_US
dc.subject.keywordInstitutionsen_US
dc.subject.keywordState policyen_US
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