France Under Recession: 1981-1986

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1988 - Business & Economics - 280 pages
This book reviews the substantial changes that occurred in France during the period in which a left wing president and government controlled the nation's destiny. In their quest for a solution to the country's mounting difficulties, the Socialists adopted a very different range of policies from their predecessors.

Tuppen appraises the recent pattern of social and economic development in France, particularly the impact of recession and the socialist prescription for revival. Each chapter focuses on a limited number of significant changes and key issues that have become the subject of extensive debate. Particular emphasis is given to controversial issues such as unemployment, immigration, economic regeneration, urban renewal, and decentralization, and case studies are used extensively to help illustrate these topics. Finally, where appropriate, analysis is carried out at a regional as well as national level, lending spatial dimension to the study.
 

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Contents

France in the 1980s
1
THE ECONOMY UNDER RECESSION
2
SOCIETY IN TRANSITION
13
A NEW POLITICAL FRAMEWORK
18
A SPATIAL DIMENSION TO CHANGE
26
Society in Disarray
30
CRIME ON THE INCREASE
39
THE BATTLE AGAINST UNEMPLOYMENT
47
Revitalising the City
163
URBAN CENTRES LOSE THEIR DYNAMISM
168
REHABILITATING INNER URBAN AREAS
177
LA BANLIEUE
187
WIDER DIMENSIONS TO URBAN CHANGE
204
Power to the Provinces
209
THE BALANCE SHEET
210
DECENTRALISATION UNDER MITTERRAND
225

CONFLICT CONTROVERSY AND MISUNDERSTANDING
68
A SOCIETY A DEUX VITESSES?
88
Restructuring the Economy
90
THE IMPACT OF RECESSION
91
OVERHAULING INDUSTRY
98
THE REALITIES OF RESTRUCTURING
111
WHICH WAY FOR GROWTH?
129
HIGHTECH AND THE COMPUTER AGE
138
WHAT FUTURE?
160
CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES
238
THE REGION AND REGIONAL PLANNING
246
DECENTRALISATION FOUR YEARS ON
254
1986The State of the Nation
257
Notes and References
264
Select Bibliography
268
Index
271
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John Tuppen is Lecturer in Geography at the University of Salford, England. He is the author of France in the series Studies in Industrial Geography and of The Economic Geography of France.

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