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The Social Foundations of Industrial Power: A Comparison of France and Germany

The Social Foundations of Industrial Power challenges the theory of industrial convergence, which maintains that as societies become more modern, they develop increasingly similar industrial structures and industrial relations and “converge” to resemble a single model of the advanced industrial society.The book opens by analyzing the considerable differences between the pay scales for direct labor in French and German industry. It then takes up and summarizes the results of the authors’ research into such questions as: How has the wage-labor relation developed in each society? How are skills developed in the labor force (the educational factor)? What circumstances affect job mobility (the occupational factor)? How are authority relations established within the firm, and what kind of cooperation exists between labor and management (the organizational factor)? How are conflicts resolved (the industrial relations factor)?The authors’ own theory is explained in relation to the prevailing economic theories of the labor market, theories of organization, and theories of industrial relations. And after empirical observation, they conclude that one can find no homogenization of French and German work relations and that, in fact, national specificities exist and are maintained through relations in education, training, and promotion.Marc Maurice and J.-J. Silvestre are heads of research at the National Center for Scientific Research, Laboratory of Economics and Sociology of Work, Aix en Provence. Francois Sellier is Professor of Labor Economics and Industrial Relations, Paris-Nanterre University.

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Author: Marc Maurice, François Sellier, Jean-Jacques Silvestre,

Editor/Translator: Arthur Goldhammer

Binding: Hardcover

Condition: New

Manufacturer: The MIT Press

Number of items: 1

Number of pages: 400

Product group: Book

Studio: The MIT Press

Publication Date: June 11, 1986

Publisher: The MIT Press

Pages: 400

EAN: 9780262132138

ISBN: 0262132133

ASIN: 0262132133

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Art Goldhammer
Writer, translator, scholar, blogger on French Politics, affiliate of Harvard's Center for European Studies, writes for The American Prospect, The Nation, etc.