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Institutionnal Change and Competition Dynamics on Local Markets: The history of the Funeral Market in France (XIX-XXe)

Abstract : This communication concerns the dynamics of the historical transformation of the funeral market in France over the past two centuries. It examines the interactions between political regulation and competitive dynamics, notably the role of competitive pressures on legislative change and the action of the State. First of all, we identify the successive sequences of historical construction of this market in the 19th and 20th centuries through the development of “right to property” on the income of funeral services (guilds / corporations, religious monopoly, public monopoly, deregulation). We then study factors of displacement and change within this legislative framework. Here, analysis shows the interdependence between the competitive dynamics at the heart of the economic activity and political struggles between actors in order to establish regulations in their favour. Finally, we examine the impact of this history of regulation on the inter-organisational field (duality of major firms / artisanal activities). This allow us to interpret the main re-compositions which have occurred over recent time, marked by the deregulation of the market (1993). Our analysis is the result of research over a period of several years on the funeral market and funeral parlours business (Trompette 2008). The survey combined a sociological approach to competitive dynamics during the contemporary period (1998 – 2008) with an analysis of the social and political history of the market over the past two centuries.
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Pascale Trompette. Institutionnal Change and Competition Dynamics on Local Markets: The history of the Funeral Market in France (XIX-XXe). Passion for creativity and innovation. Energizing the study of organizations and organizing, Jul 2009, Barcelona, Spain. pp.1-25. ⟨halshs-00484336⟩



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