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This book argues that France is seeking an impossible model: on one hand, it wishes to hold fast to its exception, constituting a society which is unlike other western ones. Yet, on the other hand, France is not only obliged to accept neo-liberal globalisation, but it actively participates in doing so, through its large industrial and banking groups. Though constantly seeking to act rationally and to be the master of its fate, the future of Descartes country is probably as unpredictable as the trajectory of a billiard ball, no matter how talented the player wielding the cue may be.
Listening, closeness, emergencies, love - politicians today play up to the mother. Leaders dare not lead, the citizens are now so child-like that they simply wait to be told what to do by the State : the Leisure State behaves like those mothers who cannot stand to think that their children can play by themselves, and insist on keeping them busy. Where are the fathers ? Is this the end of the paternal reference and the symbolic order of things ? A psychoanalyst, Michel Schneider was formerly a director of music and dance at the Ministry of Culture.
What are the biggest challenges of the year 2000? What great economic and social actions will France have to take in the years to come? The answer: assuring growth without inflation capable of favoring employment; making the state-providence more efficient, and adapting its productive system to the internationalization of trade. Edouard Balladur asked Alain Minc to address these key problems of French society and this work, an instant classic, will provoke reflection from a wide array of different personalities. A co-publication with La Documentation Francaise.
What will France be like in twenty years ? Faced with the fear of the future, with the current unease and confusion of French citizens, we need to change the way we look at things. We must stop asking ourselves about individualism in our society and look for answers to the mounting solitude. Stop theorizing about immigration problems and find the keys to demographic evolution. Stop fearing the invasion of the immaterial and start looking for the the new social fabric of tomorrow. We must suggest some possible plans of action and thought processes, provide some sketches of tomorrow's France, among the risks and hopes, to get some new perspectives.
More than 2,500 foreign executives from 20 CAC 40 companies were interviewed for this broad survey of French management. The extent of this analysis is the key to the richness of the book. Concrete advice for executives and directors of human resources to improve their management style.