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"The untold story: The impact of European integration on France in the Mitterrand-Chirac era (1981-1997)"

Schmidt, Vivien A. (1997) "The untold story: The impact of European integration on France in the Mitterrand-Chirac era (1981-1997)". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)

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    European integration has been a central force for change in France, helping spur the country’s move from a largely state-directed economy to a more market-oriented one. Reforms that include the abandonment of macro-economic autonomy and micro-economic controls over business and the restructuring of French industry have revolutionized the way in which French governmental elites manage the economy and interact with business. State interventionism, where it remains, is more circumscribed and market-oriented, and mainly limited to actions involving firms in strategic areas or in trouble. But although the changes in macro-economic and micro-economic spheres have produced a healthier economy, more competitive business, and a transformation in business-government relations, they have also led to a concomitant loss of state capacity in the socioeconomic sphere with regard to social welfare and unemployment. Because this loss of socioeconomic capacity has not been accompanied by a new political discourse that would serve to justify France’s Europe-related economic adjustments or to promote new forms of dialogue and concentration between government and citizens, the continued liberalization of the economy could be called into question.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    Countries > France
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1997 (5th), May 29-June 1, 1997
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2006
    Page Range: p. 41
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:23

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