"...a must read for all those who wonder why the French welfare state is in such trouble. It is a polemic--in the best sense of the word--about the failures of political leaders in France, on the left as much as the right, to address the underlying weakesses of the national system of welfare and work or to redress the continuing inequities in French society." Vivien Schmidt, Boston University
"This is a remarkable and wonderful book. It should be read by those interested in all aspects of French culture and in the welfare state across the globe. ...a hard-hitting, yet balanced and well-researched book that is bound to be both controversial and convincing." Peter Baldwin, UCLA
"Here is the book on contemporary France. Why is the French quality of life so high? But at the same time why has France gone so badly wrong? How has the French welfare state evolved into an instrument of privilege and exclusion? No observer of Europe, France, or international economics can do without this vitally important book." Tyler Cowen, Professor of Economics, George Mason University and Director of the Mercatus Center and the James Buchanan Center for Political Economy
"Timothy Smith's fast-moving and tightly-reasoned France in Crisis cuts through the smokescreen of misinformation which veils the French social model. He exposes the pretentions of intellectuals, the inequities created by dysfunctional institutions, the gaps between promise and performance. Smith's message to the French is clear: we have met the enemy, and he is us." John Gillingham III, Univ. of Missouri, St. Louis
"Globalization is the source of France's current economic problems, right? Think again. Tim Smith argues that the failures of the French welfare state are the result of its own wrongdoings, which French politicians have persistently failed to address. Yet in spite of its forceful critique of contemporary French economy and society, France in Crisis offers a hopeful argument that, even in an age of globalization, governments still possess a certain margin of maneuver to conduct autonomous policies and tame the worst effects of the market while achieving full employment." Sophie Meunier, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
"France in Crisis features extensive notes, an appendix listing significant French social legislation, easy to follow in text definitions of terms such as 'social market economy' and 'corporatism' and a concise, bulleted list of possible solutions in the final chapter. Smith acknowledges the successes of France's welfare state, particularly some aspects of the health care system, but he does not shy away from constructively criticizing the shortcomings of a nation umbilically attached to a gargantuan State. This volume is not simply a rant against French social policy, but a sort of how-to manual for creating economic and social solidarity." - Christy Wampole, Stanford University
France is in crisis. In this provocative new book, Timothy Smith argues that the French economic and social model is collapsing inward on itself, the result of good intentions, bad policies, and vested interests who employ the rhetoric of 'solidarity' and the specter of globalisation to prevent change. Professor Smith makes frequent comparisons with the USA, UK, Canada, Scandinavia, Germany and the Netherlands.and argues that change need not follow the inegalitarian U.S. or British paths but instead can lead to a more equal society.