Carried out his first sociological study at the Chèques Postaux de Paris (equivalent of National Girobank) in 1953, and his second between 1955 and 1957 on the monopoly of the Tabacs insitution. He was a visiting scholar at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral sciences between 1959 and 1960. He wrote his book The Bureaucratic Phenomenon (University of Chicago Press) originally for the American market : it was subsequently published for the French and British markets in 1964 and 1965. He carried out a number of studies concerning public and private organisations and published about ten books emanating from this research between 1970 and 1995. He published his memoirs entitled Ma belle époque (pub. Fayard, 2002) and À contre-courant (pub. Fayard, 2004).
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