38th Congress of the European Regional Science Association: "Europe Quo Vadis? - Regional Questions at the Turn of the Century", 28 August - 1 September 1998, Vienna, Austria
In order to offset American competition, European players in the aeronautical industry have had to change the manner in which they think of and apply their trade, moving from a weaponry logic approach to one based on market logic. This change is most notably the result of the decision taken by GIE AIRBUS to impose the new rules of market logic onto its partners, one of which is AEROSPATIALE. As a result of this decision, AEROSPATIALE has modifed its system of territorial administration into one of subcontractual relationships, constituting a system of a-territorial suppliers. This paper presents an institutionalist overview of these changes, applying the theory of instituional dynamics and emphasising the power relationships in this industry.