Springer Studies in Work and Industry

Employment Relations in France

Evolution and Innovation

Authors: Jenkins, Alan

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Thisbook is the fruit of a number of years of assimilating another culture and learning about the evolution of its institutions, altogether an incr- iblyrich andrewarding experience. Ihopetopassonto the reader some of that richness in the belief that, even in a “globalizing” context, learning about other nations and cultures is more and more necessary. The reasons andvalues behind this belief are perhaps evident,but I amconvincedthat they bear repeating here. To begin with, the hasty generalizations that often liebehind the cynicism—and ultimately the violence—of ethnocentrism and xe- phobia are still being aired today and still need to be fought, even in “unified and advanced” regions of the world like Europe and the United States. The historical and social sciences disciplines need to be solicited constantly in this combat, even though they themselves are terrains of controversy and contestation. I personally have not lost faith in their “progressive” potential and character. Second, my belief is that only through this process of appeal to these disciplines and their findings can we resist a dangerous contemporary slide into simplisticand sensation- ist pictures of the world—viewpoints often associated with an implicit assumption that social and economic change are linear processes, so- how unfolding according to the same neat “logic” wherever they are at work.

Reviews

`Jenkins fills a large gap in international literature on France, and does so in a work that is clearly structured and highly readable.'
Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 55:2
`Its main quality is its willingness to respect the complexity of this topic and the country's history. This Anglo-Saxon view of labor relations in France- and more generally of French society- provides even French sociologists with distance and fresh analysis of their country's reactions to globalization.'
Contemporary Sociology 31,2

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: The French “Exception”

    Pages 1-13

  • The “Reform of Work ”and the Evolution of Participative Management in France

    Pages 15-41

  • A Decade of Technological Moderization: Negotiation and Organizational Change During the 1980s

    Pages 43-80

  • Toward Quality and Process Redesign: The ‘Lean’ Revolution in French Industry

    Pages 81-107

  • Decentralized Bargaining and the Spread of “Individualization” in Employee Appraisal and Remuneration

    Pages 109-130

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Employment Relations in France
Book Subtitle
Evolution and Innovation
Authors
Series Title
Springer Studies in Work and Industry
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-306-47187-2
DOI
10.1007/b107714
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-46333-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4757-7351-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 240
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