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The Difficult Organization of Business Interests: MEDEF and the Political Representation of French Firms

The national association of French employers and industry, MEDEF, seems to be an example of strong and unifi ed interest organization, especially since its reform in 1998. Through a study of the collective action of fi rms in France, this article sheds doubt on such an impression. In fact, a... Full description

1st Person: Woll, Cornelia
Type of Publication: Paper
Published: Köln Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung 2005
Series: MPIfG Discussion Paper ; Vol. 05/12
Online: Full text open access
Neue Quelle: La réforme du Medef: chronique des difficultés de l'action collective patronale. In: Revue Française de Science Politique 56(2), 2006, 255–279.
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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction; The "raisons d'être" of French business associations; Historic origins; Instability punctuated by moments of coherence; Diversity and tensions in the political representation; Axes of tension; A complex universe of representation; French business representation in crisis?; Lack of membership data; Electoral participation; The transformation of industrial relations; The reform of MEDEF: Display of strength or crisis management?; The logic of membership: Decentralization and service provision; Societal projects and communication; Conclusion; Abbreviations; References

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