From Organisation Committees to Monnet’s Modernisation Commissions
This chapter examines the decision to abolish the Organisation Committees and the creation of the Monnet Plan. The dissolution of the Committees, although initiated by a Communist minister, paradoxically ended up weakening trade unions and handing greater powers to employers’ associations. Meanwhile, Jean Monnet created new institutions, called Modernisation Commissions, which largely replicated the reformed Committees, and made them the keystones of the Monnet Plan. These new Commissions retained many of the functions as well as much of the staff and structure of the Committees. As such, this chapter reveals significant continuities from Vichy’s Organisation Committees to the institutions of the Monnet Plan.