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The “community of labour” in troubled times (1926–1944): François Perroux’s irrational foundations of economic expertise

Authors
  • Brisset, Nicolas
  • Fèvre, Raphaël
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2020
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/09672567.2020.1739102
OAI: oai:HAL:hal-03019135v1
Source
HAL-INRIA
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Language
English
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Abstract

The article analyses the works of François Perroux from the interwar years to the Vichy period (July 10th, 1940-August 20th, 1944). It shows in particular that through his conceptualisation of a “community of labour” as the fusion of both the activity and consciousness of a people, Perroux sought to bring together social mysticism (anti-rationalism) with economic and political organisation. Such a synthesis needs to be personified by a political leader as the main custodian of a national myth which should guide the community of labour from above. This interpretation helps to situate Perroux vis-à-vis some of the structuring elements of Vichy discourse.

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