A New Approach to Technological Forecasting in French National Planning
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There seems no doubt that the role played by technological forecasting in French planning is undergoing a radical change. Until quite recently, the preparatory work underlying the National Plan basically involved reconciling assumptions about trends in the individual components of final demand with the projected level of output of the various sectors for the last year of the five-year period covered in the Plan. The reconciliation had to be made in the light of the general aims pursued by the public authorities — full employment, a degree of price stability, and rising living standards — as well as a certain number of specific objectives, for example in the fields of defence, education, infrastructural investment.
KeywordsTextile Industry Public Authority Technical Progress Final Demand Major Innovation
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