Articles by

Chris Howell

Chris Howell is a professor of politics at Oberlin College. His latest book, co-written with Lucio Baccaro, is Trajectories of Neolilberal Transformation: European Industrial Relations since the 1970s (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017).

The French Road to Neoliberalism

Fifty years after the protests and general strike of May 1968, the French labor movement has been dramatically weakened and partially incorporated into the state, its capacity to resist a neoliberal capitalist restructuring reduced to political theater. This transformation followed from a set of state strategies of labor regulation which first excluded trade unions, then substituted for them, and most recently has incorporated them. The result has been a broad liberalization of the French political economy.