Globalization has profound effects on national economies even as distinct national ‘models’ of capitalism remain. International and Comparative Business accessibly tracks the historical and socio-political contexts of the world's major countries on a chapter-by-chapter basis to the present day. The book provides a comprehensive, critical, yet concise introduction to each of the economies’ key features, including macro overviews as well as organizational and workplace-level analysis. Each chapter features learning objectives, in-depth interpretation and critique of key literature, and annotated further reading to allow readers to rigorously navigate their way through the wealth of material available for each country. This text is essential reading for students and researchers in the areas of international business and cross-cultural management, comparative political economy, and history.

France: Powerful Traditions Turning to Radical Change

France: Powerful Traditions Turning to Radical Change

France: Powerful traditions turning to radical change

Chapter Objectives

  • To provide an introduction to the traditional French approach to economy and society: essentially one in which the state is a grand orchestrator of economic action
  • To explore French political culture: a culture which has tended to hold and sustain a far greater appetite for socialist or left-of-centre politics than the rest of the OECD
  • To describe how the French economy recovered from the disaster of the Second World War
  • To evaluate the effectiveness (or otherwise) of heavy French governmental regulation, planning and the policy of promoting ‘national champions’
  • To discuss how the traditions of French dirigisme may be disappearing amid a neoliberal resurgence
  • To evaluate the moral and economic legacy of the French variety ...
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