Impacts and Transformations of Agents, Institutions, and Social Systems-- Capitalism, State, and Democracy in a Global Context
C H A P T E R 11: Tom Baumgartner, Tom R. Burns, and Philippe DeVille: The Lip Factory Conflict: Meta-Power and Game Transformation – Lessons in Conflict Development and Conflict Resolution
405 C H A P T E R 1 1 The Lip Factory Conflict: Meta-Power and Game Transformation – Lessons in Conflict Development and Conflict Resolution 1* Tom Baumgartner, Tom R. Burns, and Philippe DeVille Lip is the most disturbing social conflict . . . because the continued social production after a robbery, in essence, of the stockholders, calls into question the principle of authority, of property, of responsibility, of respect for contracts vis-à-vis suppliers and subcontractors, which are at the very base of our economic system and commercial law. Chamber of Commerce, Paris, 1974 The Lip factory conflict (1971-74) in Besançon (France) illustrates our approach to the application of meta-power and relational control concepts in the dynamic analy- sis of the structuring and restructuring of social relationships. What appeared initial- ly to be a management-labor conflict escalated into system shift issues and attempts to mobilize meta-power. Eventual state intervention in the Lip factory conflict op- erated both to create conditions conducive to the settlement of certain conflicts (between management and the established labor unions) and to create or exacer- bate others (between the labor unions and the “counter-institution” of the workers, the Action Committee). * We are grateful to the following persons for their helpful suggestions and criticisms on earlier versions of the paper or parts of it: Bill Behn, Martin Carnoy, Trygve Gulbrandsen, Mark Hoel, Tord Hoivik, Helge Hveem, Björn Hvinden, Louis Kriesberg, Marc Lagneau, Benoit Millot, Bruce Roberts, John Shippee, and Bjorg Aase Sôrensen. 1 In this context...
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