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European parliamentary sovereignty on the shoulders of national parliamentary sovereignties

Partager cet article This blog post was first published by Stephanie Hennette, Thomas Piketty, Guillaume Sacriste and Antoine Vauchez on the Verfassungsblog (an international forum on constitutional and legal issues) on March 26 2017. We are really grateful that the Verfassungsblog has been one of the very first forums engaging the discussion on the Treaty on the democratization of the governance of the euro area (T-Dem). While the proposal has emerged in the framework of the...

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What would a democratic Euro Zone Assembly look like?

Partager cet article What would the Euro Zone Assembly defended in Le Monde last week by Benoit Hamon look like? What would the political composition be and would it be in a position to « outvote austerity measures » or not? Would it allow to put in place a genuinely democratic euro-zone government? It should be pointed out straightaway that there is no miracle Parliament or perfect Treaty and that any change in the institutions cannot on its own reconcile Europe with its...

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Public capital, private capital

Partager cet article The present economic debate is over-determined by two realities which, moreover, are connected as we sometimes tend to forget. On one hand we have the steady rise in public debt and, on the other, the prosperity of privately owned wealth. The figures for the level of public debt are well known; almost everywhere the level approaches or exceeds 100% of national income (the equivalent of almost one year of gross domestic product) as compared with barely 30% in...

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For a democratic Euro-zone government

Partager cet article The Euro zone needs a proper government : a joint budget, common rules of taxation, an investment and borrowing capacity, a growth strategy and a model for sustainable and equitable development. But to achieve all these one day the Euro zone must first focus on creating democratic institutions enabling common decision making. There is no point in discussing a government for the Euro zone if the democratic instance to which this government will be responsible...

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On inequality in China

Partager cet article With Trump and Brexit, the Western-type democratic model is under fire. The Chinese media are having a field day. In column after column, the Global Times (official daily newspaper) condemns the explosive cocktail of nationalism, xenophobia, separatism, TV-reality, vulgarity and ‘money reigns supreme’, the outcome of the so-called free elections and the wonderful political institutions which the West would like to impose on the world. No more lessons!...

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Is our basic income really universal?

Partager cet article After our call « For a credible and bold basic income » launched by a group of ten researchers  (Antoine Bozio, Thomas Breda, Julia Cagé, Lucas Chancel, Elise Huillery, Camille Landais, Dominique Méda, Emmanuel Saez, Tancrède Voituriez), we received considerable support and also, of course, questions and requests for clarification. The first question was: Given that the system of a basic income which we propose does not defend the idea of an identical monthly...

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For a credible and bold basic income

Partager cet article This call is the initiative of a group of researchers: Antoine Bozio (Ecole d’économie de Paris, IPP), Thomas Breda (CNRS, Ecole d’Economie de Paris), Julia Cagé (Sciences Po Paris), Lucas Chancel (Ecole d’économie de Paris et Iddri), Elise Huillery (Université Paris-Dauphine), Camille Landais (London School of Economics), Dominique Méda (Université Paris-Dauphine), Thomas Piketty (Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Ecole d’économie de Paris),...

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Long live populism !

Partager cet article In less than four months, France will have a new president, but will the president be a man or a woman? After Trump and Brexit there is a risk that the opinion polls will be wrong once again and that Marine Le Pen’s nationalist right wing will come close to winning. Even if the cataclysm is avoided this time there is a real risk of her succeeding in appearing to be the only credible opponent to the liberal right for the next elections. On the radical left,...

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WID.world: new data series on inequality and the collapse of bottom incomes

Partager cet article The World Wealth and Income Database (WID.world) is now available on a new website  offering more data visualization tools and more extensive data series. Thanks to the combined efforts of Facundo Alvaredo, Tony Atkinson, Lucas Chancel, Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman and over 110 researchers covering 70 countries from all over the world, WID.world offers open and convenient access to the most extensive available database on the historical evolution of the...

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Of productivity in France and in Germany

Partager cet article At the start of 2017, with the elections in France in the Spring and then in Germany in the Autumn, it may prove useful to return to one of the fundamental issues which plagues discussion at European level, that is the alleged economic asymmetry between Germany with its reputation as prosperous and France which is described as on the decline. I use the term ‘alleged’ because, as we shall see, the level of productivity of the German and French economies – as...

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