Johannes Lindvall

Johannes Lindvall

Professor

Johannes Lindvall

The Political Foundations of Trust and Distrust: Reforms and Protests in France

Author

  • Johannes Lindvall

Summary, in English

This article argues that the high level of protest activity in France is, at least partly, the result of distrust between the government and the trade unions, and that such distrust is inevitable in a society where unions are sometimes strong enough to mobilise against the government but not confident in their own future strength. This trust problem can be overcome if governments are willing to make institutional changes that commit them to future policies, but such political engineering is costly and unstable, which explains why governments sometimes prefer open confrontation. The empirical part of the paper analyses four French social and labour market reform initiatives in the 1990s and 2000s, demonstrating that the ideas developed in this article help to explain important features of contemporary French policy-making.

Avdelning/ar

  • Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Publiceringsår

2011

Language

Engelska

Sidor

296-316

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

West European Politics

Volym

34

Issue

2

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Taylor & Francis

Ämne

  • Political Science

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 0140-2382