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Visiting Fellow Profile

Claude Didry

C_DidryName: Claude Didry
Country of Origin: France
Visiting Period: October 2013
Faculty Sponsor: Lowell Turner

Background and Previous Experience:

Claude Didry is Senior Researcher and Director of the CNRS unit (French Center for Scientific Research) at Institutions et Dynamiques Historiques de l'Economie (IDHE), in Paris, France. His research, using an institutional perspective, focuses on industrial relations and labor law issues at French and European levels. He has studied the juridical debates in their political and sociological background, at the origin of the legal categories framing labor relations and collective bargaining in France, at the beginning of the 20th century. In this perspective, labor law is not only a protection against abuses, but is the base for defining the object (work) and the actors (worker and employer) of the labor relations. Didry devoted a part of his research activity to firms’ restructuring processes in France and in Europe, showing the implication of the works councils through legal actions and an evolution toward more negotiation between unions and employers. His recent publications include L'entreprise en restructuration: Dynamiques institutionnelles et mobilisations collectives (2010 with A. Jobert) and Renewing Democratic Deliberation in Europe. The Challenge of Social and Civil Dialogue (2012, with J. de Munck, I. Ferreras and A. Jobert). Didry completed his PhD in Sociology from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) in France.

Current Research at ILR:

Didry will spend the majority of his time at ILR conducting research at Bell Laboratories, a subsidiary of the French-owned Alcatel-Lucent. His research will focus on workers as it relates to the international division of labor and issues with the unionization of engineers. While at Cornell, Didry also hopes to strengthen the relationship between researchers at Institutions et Dynamiques Historiques de l'Economie and ILR, as well as explore exchange opportunities for both students and faculty, as he believes there are a lot of common interests between the two institutions. His interest in ILR comes from the School’s interdisciplinary approach to labor relations and international relations. Didry is also looking forward to exploring Ithaca and the surrounding region during his stay.

- Claude Didry