Historian, researcher with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Seconded to CERMES3 from the Ministry of Solidarity and Health, Vincent Viet carries out research on several subjects, including the history of social and health policies, the social ministries, labour inspection, social welfare, immigration policy, labour and employment policies, prevention of occupational risk, the right to work and health policy. He has specialised in exploring an institutional and social field, namely the social ministries, understood as the autonomous system of positions, actors and institutions organised as a result of internal issues and relationships. The principle stake of these research projects is to decipher the evolution over time of the relationships – or lack thereof – between the essential forms of the main functions (or policies) of the social ministries (protect, house, put to work, place, train, care for, assist, insure, etc.) and the pronominal or reflexive forms that, individually and collectively, may compensate for them (for example, protect oneself against work accidents, against unforeseen circumstances, start work, find employment, treat oneself, train oneself, insure oneself, etc. ).
His most recent published research has dealt with the thwarted genesis of French public health policy, studied through the itinerary of Justin Godart (1871-1956), a privileged actor and witness of the social and health policies brought about by the First World War. The goal was to understand why the First World War had not been a founding event for that policy, that is, one having an organising power with long-term effects. Today, he is working for the General Direction of Labour (DGT) on a study of two associations of work inspectors from former times: the association Villermé and L 611-10.
Vincent Viet is a member of the scientific committees of the Comité d’histoire des administrations chargées du travail, de l’emploi et de la formation professionnelle (CHATEFP), and the Comité d’Histoire de la Sécurité sociale (CHSS). He has co-edited several collected works on labour policies, The International Labour Organisation, labourers during the First World War, the social policies of French and German communes, and the principle of parity (work in progress). He is also a member of the scientific committee of the programme « Assurance et société, historicité des savoirs et pratique de l’interdisciplinarité”, assigned to the first chair of the Fondation Panthéon-Sorbonne.