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General de Gaulle, Alfred Sauvy and the French Institute for population studies (INED) (1945-1962)

Abstract : In accordance with General De Gaulle's wishes, the French Institute for population studies, INED (Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques) has been both a public think-tank and an instrument of family policy action - at least during the 17 years when it was led by Alfred Sauvy. To document what could a priori be regarded as an idle assertion, we first examine the double decision made by de Gaulle when he created this institution and put Sauvy at its head. We also look more closely at the line adopted by INED and its journal, which was launched as early as 1946; two of its commitments are of particular relevance, in view of their close links with family policy considerations. We will then recall how the reputation of INED fulfilled General de Gaulle's expectations, and relate two episodes of ex-changes between de Gaulle and Sauvy, in the 1950s. Finally, an evocation of the evolution of INED after de Gaulle will help better understand the previous period.
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Gérard-François Dumont. General de Gaulle, Alfred Sauvy and the French Institute for population studies (INED) (1945-1962). Les Analyses de Population & Avenir, 2014. ⟨halshs-00996755v2⟩



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