The story of the town of Parthenay, or the misfortunes of virtue

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Michel HERVÉ

Former mayor, Parthenay


Directeur de recherche au CNRS

Seminar Entrepreneurs, towns and regions | Wednesday February 6, 2002

Michel Hervé was mayor of Parthenay from 1979 until 2001, when he surprisingly lost the election with a final poll of 33 %, at a time when the economic development of the town had never thrived so well. During his time in office, he had launched a project to introduce cable networks to the town, which resulted in 40% of the urban population being connected to the Internet as opposed to an average of 17% for the rest of France. He was able to achieve this with the support of a European programme and important industrialists. Should his electoral defeat be interpreted as a rebellion by citizens against new information technologies ? According to the sociologist Alain d'Iribarne, this explanation is too simple. He suggests the situation can be interpreted as a combination of technical, psychological, sociological and political factors.

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This session was published in issue n°36 of the Journal de l'École de Paris du management, entitled Patrons.

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