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The Path Not TakenFrench Industrialization in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1830$
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Jeff Horn

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780262083522

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262083522.001.0001

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Coalitions and Competition: Entrepreneurs and Workers React to the New Industrial Environment

Coalitions and Competition: Entrepreneurs and Workers React to the New Industrial Environment

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(p.249) 8 Coalitions and Competition: Entrepreneurs and Workers React to the New Industrial Environment
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The Path Not Taken
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Jeff Horn

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262083522.003.0008

This chapter discusses how entrepreneurs and laborers responded to state industrial policies in the first three decades of the nineteenth century. Both groups rejected passive acceptance of top-down policies, and instead sought to develop tactics and strategies to improve their own situations, maneuvers that focused on limiting competition through either formal or informal coalitions, or through some sort of fraud, very broadly defined. The prospect of competition either with domestic technological innovators or with favored international rivals made many French uneasy. Their response was to circumscribe and circumvent the market. Groups of entrepreneurs and laborers circumvented the law in ways that illustrate the limitations of state control and the continuing legacy of Revolutionary politics in the early industrial age, further complicating our understanding of the process of industrialization.

Keywords:   entrepreneurs, laborers, French industrial policy, competition, state control, revolutionary politics, industrialization

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