Nick Parsons is at Cardiff University.
Legitimizing Illegal Protest: The Permissive Ideational Environment and ‘Bossnappings’ in France
Article first published online: 9 MAY 2012
© John Wiley & Sons Ltd/London School of Economics 2012
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 51, Issue 2, pages 288–309, June 2013
How to Cite
Parsons, N. (2013), Legitimizing Illegal Protest: The Permissive Ideational Environment and ‘Bossnappings’ in France. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 51: 288–309. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2012.00899.x
- Issue published online: 19 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 9 MAY 2012
- Final version accepted on 10 February 2012.
In France, in 2009–2010, on several occasions, managers announcing redundancies were held hostage by workers. Public opinion polls show widespread support for the ‘bossnappers’, while the State did not taken action against them. Employing the insights of new institutionalism and social movement theory, this article explains the legitimization of such radical, illegal action through the notion of a permissive ideational environment resulting from a tradition of trade union militancy, pre-existing concerns over globalization and more recent fears of, and government and trade union responses to, globalization and the current economic crisis.