A Modern French Republic

By Pierre Mendès-France; Anne Carter | Go to book overview

CHAPTER SEVEN
PLANNING AND PRODUCTIVE ENTERPRISES

LIAISON between the organisations responsible for the drafting of the Plan and its implementation on the one hand, and production on the other, poses delicate and complex problems. There can be no single formula for solving them because of the great diversity of the enterprises involved. Some have direct connections with the State, but their degree of dependence is in fact extremely variable; others belong to the sector of private enterprise but the degree to which they are independent is equally variable.

How will planning work with these enterprises, that is to say on the implementive level? This is the question we shall attempt to consider now, under three separate headings: nationalised industries, private enterprise, and methods of financing the Plan in both sectors.

I have divided these subjects into three headings for convenience. In fact all publicly owned corporations are carried on in what are still largely capitalist conditions. They feed private enterprises and, in their turn, are fed by them. All the time they are finding their own direction they are subject to private influences and pressures. Private firms, on the other hand, are gradually being drawn into a network of forecasts, controls and provisions which they may use to support themselves in the effort to adapt to present-day conditions, but which they may also try to evade.

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