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La Croissance verte contre la nature

La Croissance verte contre la nature. Critique de l’écologie marchande

Depuis le début du siècle, la crise climatique et les impératifs du développement durable de la planète ont mis à l’ordre du jour la croissance verte, dont le Green New Deal européen est la version récente. Dans son livre, Hélène Tordjman, qui est économiste, met au jour les mécanismes complexes qui sont en jeu dans cette nouvelle économie qui se veut respectueuse d’une nature transformée par les activités humaines. L’auteur rappelle dans son premier chapitre que les ...

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Économie, emploi - Ressources naturelles, énergie, environnement - Territoires, réseaux

Avis de gros temps sur les transports collectifs urbains

Jusqu’à il y a peu, les transports collectifs urbains (TCU dans la suite) avaient le vent en poupe. Loués pour leurs vertus écologiques, en comparaison notamment avec l’automobile, ils bénéficiaient d’un avis très positif de la part de l’opinion publique et des élus, malgré la charge financière croissante qu’ils faisaient peser sur les finances locales. Les mesures en leur faveur se développaient. Les lignes d’autobus et de tramways se multipliaient, la fréquentation augmentait. C ...

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Tribune

Économie, emploi - Éducation - Population - Société, modes de vie

Investing in Youth: Capital Endowments and Contingent Loans

As part of the series begun in this issue on potential intergenerational solidarity and conflict, Julien Damon outlines the idea of capital endowments which could be made to very young adults to offer opportunities to everyone in society. This is about investing in youth while combatting underlying social inequalities: moving from redistribution, as practiced retrospectively today, to ‘pre-distribution’ that would enable young people to finance their studies, embark upon a career etc. Julien Damon reminds us how this idea emerged and has even begun to find application: he stresses the benefits of such an investment in human capital, without shying away from the issues and questions that may arise. Lastly, he presents another alternative along the same lines: the contingent loan. These are so many mechanisms which, in the same spirit as the ‘universal basic income’, represent major areas of thinking on future policies for dealing with the current crisis.

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Économie, emploi - Géopolitique - Institutions

The European Economic Recovery Plan, a Historic Breakthrough: Sustainability without Funding is Unsustainable

While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage in Europe, complicated by the appearance of new variants forcing many countries to lock down their populations again and restrict economic activity, the prospects for surmounting the health — and consequent economic — crisis are growing bleaker. Unlike what happened in the previous crisis of 2008, the European Union has, very fortunately, prioritized solidarity in its attempt to deal with that crisis by adopting a European Recovery Plan. As Catherine Vieilledent and Jean-François Drevet see it, this represents a historic breakthrough: at last the EU is providing itself with the necessary funds as an economic and political entity. This article describes the content of the Recovery Plan, the various instruments mobilized to enable the member states to sustain and revive their economies, and shows how it marks a major change in the history of the building of the European Community. With a common budget unblocked, the possibility of borrowing, and the return to using its own resources, the EU is changing its scope and affording itself some powerful long-term tools for action. This is major progress, attesting concretely to the Union’s usefulness to its citizens, which could give the whole European project a new chance to reposition itself on the world stage.

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OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook 2021

OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook 2021: Times of Crisis and Opportunity

La pandémie de Covid-19 a gravement perturbé la plupart des activités dans le monde, les travaux de R&D ainsi que les efforts d’innovation ont ainsi été fortement touchés par les mesures de confinement prises par de nombreux États. Mais cette crise a été aussi marquée par une mobilisation de la recherche pour y faire face, dont ce rapport de l’OCDE dresse un bilan. Le premier des huit chapitres montre que la pandémie a été un « point de pivotement ...

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Mitigating Climate Change : Growth- and Distribution-friendly Strategies

Mitigating Climate Change: Growth- and Distribution-friendly Strategies

Cette analyse porte sur le chapitre 3 du rapport World Economic Outlook: A Long and Difficult Ascent, publié par le FMI en octobre 2020. Les données de l’équation sont bien connues. Pour éviter des changements climatiques désastreux pour l’environnement et par contrecoup pour l’économie, les infrastructures et la santé humaine, la hausse des températures sur notre planète doit impérativement être limitée à 2 °C (et si possible 1,5 °C) d’ici la fin du siècle. Sans ...

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Géopolitique - Institutions - Recherche, sciences, techniques

Quelle prospective de la politique de défense ?

Le député Fabien Gouttefarde a rendu, en octobre 2020, un avis fait au nom de la Commission de la défense nationale et des forces armées sur le projet de Loi de finances pour 2021, portant sur l’environnement et la prospective de la politique de défense française. Nicolas Mazzucchi a étudié cet avis et en propose ici une lecture critique. Futuribles Au cours des travaux de la Commission de la défense nationale et des forces armées de l’Assemblée nationale ...

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Actualité du futur

Économie, emploi - Institutions - Société, modes de vie

Premier sommet Finance en commun autour des acteurs financiers et du développement

Le sommet « Finance en commun », qui s’est tenu les 9-12 novembre 2020 dans le cadre du Forum de Paris pour la paix, a réuni pour la première fois l’ensemble des banques publiques de développement (BPD) de la planète. Initié par de grandes associations de BPD telles que l’International Development Finance Club, le sommet a bénéficié du soutien de multiples partenaires dont le système onusien, de nombreux gouvernements, l’Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques (OCDE), la ...

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Ensemble, bâtissons une société de progrès

Ensemble, bâtissons une société de progrès

« Je suis très déçu, la réalité virtuelle et augmentée va passer sous le nez de l’Europe ! Car nous sommes sous-financés dans notre écosystème ! » Celui qui s’exprimait ainsi à la convention de Systematic Paris-Région, regroupement de six pôles de compétitivité numérique, sait de quoi il parle. Stan Larroque a créé la société Lynx et, avec ses 12 salariés, lance un casque autonome de réalité mixte à destination des professionnels. Il dispose d’un capital d’amorçage de deux millions ...

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Économie, emploi - Ressources naturelles, énergie, environnement

Covid-19 and Climate Change: How the Health Catastrophe Interacts with Climate Action

In a book published last autumn, Christian de Perthuis alerted us to the time we have left to attempt to curb current climate change and warned of its serious consequences for our planet and its inhabitants. With the ‘climate clock’ ticking, he stressed how narrow a path was left for us to implement effective measures to counter climate change without thereby deepening social inequalities. Since that book came out, the climate clock has suffered an unexpected jolt: Covid-19, followed by a large-scale lockdown of populations in their countries, with major impacts on mobility, production, social life and hence on greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change.

In this article de Perthuis offers an analysis of the impact of this health catastrophe on the timetable for the battle against climate change: a little time gained, a no doubt lesser bounce-back effect compared to previous crises, and an emissions peak probably reached in 2019. He warns particularly about the plans to relaunch economic activity that will follow, since not everyone will have the same concern with ecological transition. This is why it is important, for the European Union and national public authorities, to avoid amnesia and make the current crisis a catalyst for substantial change in terms of climate action, for which de Perthuis proposes various sources of funding. The ticking of the clock has slowed a little, but the climate emergency remains.

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Institutions - Recherche, sciences, techniques

Une loterie pour le financement des projets de recherche ?

Le financement des projets de recherche est une préoccupation permanente pour les chercheurs, et un véritable casse-tête pour les agences nationales de recherche qui doivent opérer une sélection sévère des projets qu’ils peuvent financer avec leur budget. En France, les laboratoires de recherche publics (universités et organismes de recherche) reçoivent une dotation financière annuelle de base censée couvrir leur fonctionnement, souvent difficilement ; celle-ci doit être complétée par des financements sur projets qui leur permettent de s’équiper, d’accueillir ...

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La Philanthropie peut-elle changer le capitalisme ?

La Philanthropie peut-elle changer le capitalisme ? Ou l’inverse ? Ou les deux ?

Ce livre a pour base les travaux d’un séminaire qui s’est tenu pendant deux ans (2015-2017), à la Maison des sciences de l’homme, sur le lien entre philanthropie et capitalisme. Son titre, tout en questions, pose clairement le sujet et souhaite, comme le dit l’auteur, embrasser sa complexité. Il part d’un double constat : d’une part l’implication croissante des entreprises du secteur privé revendiquant d’être parties prenantes de l’intérêt général dans les ...

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Économie, emploi - Géopolitique

La Chine, banquier du Sud

Contrairement à une image véhiculée par la presse, les entreprises chinoises investissent encore peu dans les pays émergents [1]. En revanche, les banques d’État chinoises prêtent massivement à ces pays et leurs prêts financent la réalisation d’infrastructures (routes, ports, aéroports, etc.) qui sont construites par des entreprises chinoises. Ces banques prêtent davantage aux pays émergents que l’ensemble cumulé des banques de développement (Banque mondiale et banques régionales) et des bailleurs bilatéraux. Qu’est-ce qui explique l’essor ...

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Agir pour le climat. Entre éthique et profit

Agir pour le climat. Entre éthique et profit

Dans sa préface, Valérie Masson-Delmotte rappelle les origines et la geste du Groupe d’experts intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat (GIEC), dont elle est une responsable de haut niveau. Créé à la demande du G7, en 1988, sous la double tutelle de l’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM) et du Programme des Nations unies pour l’environnement (PNUE), il compte aujourd’hui 195 États membres. En 30 ans, le GIEC a rédigé cinq rapports périodiques, dont le premier a conduit ...

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Forum

Économie, emploi - Institutions - Population

Pension Reform: Issues and Hazards. Don’t Throw Out the Supplementary Schemes with the Bismarckian Bathwater

For a very long time now the future of pensions has posed a problem in France, mainly on account of the trend toward an imbalance between the number of workers contributing to the scheme and the number of inactive seniors. Many parametric reforms have already been adopted, though these have proved notoriously inadequate when it comes to providing sustainable remedies for pension funding problems. French President Emmanuel Macron has, therefore, declared his intention to carry out structural reform aimed at replacing the basic and supplementary schemes – there is a total of 42 of these – with a single points-based system in which the value of the points would be the main adjustment variable.

The High Commission for Pension Reform (HCRR) is tasked with implementing this reform which has been the object of fierce debate. That fact is attested here in the argument presented by Jean-Claude Angoulvant, who sees it as having two major shortcomings. The first is the desire to unify all schemes, overlooking the disparities between them and lumping together independent and categorial supplementary schemes, which he regards as being quite well managed. The second failing is the decision to have the system run by the state, which is a very poor long-term manager, rather than by the social partners and, in so doing, shifting the pension system from an insurance-based to a ‘Beveridgian’ logic. In keeping with our usual understanding of our Forum feature, this article expresses a viewpoint intended to stimulate our readers’ thinking on a reform project that is still under discussion.

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Économie, emploi - Institutions - Population

Pensions: Full Steam Ahead to the Unified Scheme!

Following on from the opening Forum article in this issue by Jean-Claude Angoulvant on the pension reforms that are currently in the pipeline, Jacques Bichot, whose thoughts on this subject we have published regularly, calls for the shift to a unified scheme to be speeded up in France. A reform of this scope actually has to be undertaken as early as possible in a presidential term. But in order that the future unified pension scheme can operate simply, without obviating the need to take account of the specifics of different occupations and careers, he suggests that use be made of the (non-state) pension funds. These are, in his view, the appropriate instruments for developing the tailor-made options which make it possible to respond to these particularities and to support the process of unifying the various pension schemes.

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Économie, emploi - Territoires, réseaux

De la force de l’économie chinoise

La création du réseau chinois de trains à grande vitesse (TGV) est un bon exemple de la rapidité de réalisation des grands investissements publics d’aménagement du territoire en Chine, fondement de sa puissance. On peut citer un autre projet, la dérivation de l’eau du Yang Tsé vers le nord pauvre en eau, dont la route orientale de Jiangdu à Tianjin et la route centrale du réservoir de Danjiangkou sur le Yang Tsé à Pékin sont en service depuis ...

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Entreprises, travail - Institutions

Social Enterprises in Europe: The Experience of Three European Countries

This autumn, Futuribles began a series on the contribution of enterprises to the promotion of the common good. Among the articles in that series was a presentation of the way French enterprises have been involved, over the years, in public interest missions – as well as various accounts by actors in organizations working in that general direction. That series is continued in this issue with another stakeholder testimony (a piece by Marianne Eshet on the SNCF Foundation) and with this article by Philippe-Henri Dutheil laying out the legal regime that applies to social enterprises in three of France’s European neighbours.

By the time this issue appears, the French Senate should have come to a decision on the PACTE law (Plan of Action for the Growth and Transformation of Enterprises), which was passed this autumn by the National Assembly and makes provision, among other things, for facilitating and regulating the new legal category of entreprise à mission (English: “benefit company” or “benefit corporation”), which first appeared in 2015 and allows enterprises to include their commitment to the general interest in their memorandum and articles of association. Here Philippe-Henri Dutheil outlines the legal options that enterprises have in Belgium, Italy and Luxemburg to encourage and enable them to play their part in promoting the common good. Since these three countries have legal systems quite similar to the French, they may serve as a source of inspiration to French lawmakers to continue down this same path.

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Entreprises, travail - Société, modes de vie

Acting Together for the Common Good: The Experience of the SNCF Foundation

This autumn, Futuribles launched a series on the contributions of business to the common good. Among the proposed articles are various accounts from actors in organizations working to promote the general interest. After Initiative France and the Schneider Electric foundation, it falls to a large-scale public company, the French railway network, to outline the activities of its SNCF Foundation.

Marianne Eshet, General Secretary of the SNCF Foundation, shows, for example, how it contributes in France to improving the common good along two major lines of action: “Living together” and “Doing together”. She explains how the foundation’s collective strategies have emerged and how they have been embodied in partnerships, according to the needs identified. Three examples illustrate this commitment: “inter-associativity”, which aims to bring together various NGOs around a common project, is illustrated here by the “Doing Together with our Differences” programme; the co-construction of projects at the local level is exemplified by the Fabrique Opéra [Opera Factory] cultural project; and the co-construction of projects on a national scale by the development of the Alliance for Education. These variable-geometry partnerships show the relevance and success potential of more informal alliances and arrangements between enterprises, on the one hand, and public and private actors, on the other, to further the general interest.

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La Philanthropie privée pour le développement

La Philanthropie privée pour le développement

Depuis 2000, l’Organisation des Nations unies (ONU) se fixe des objectifs assez précis et ambitieux en faveur du développement à l’échelle mondiale. Après huit OMD (Objectifs du millénaire pour le développement) adoptés en 2000 et affichant des objectifs à l’horizon 2015, ce sont 17 ODD (Objectifs de développement durable) qui ont pris le relais en 2015, avec un horizon décalé à 2030 et des cibles tout aussi ambitieuses (éradiquer la pauvreté, la faim, promouvoir la santé, le ...

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Entreprises, travail - Territoires, réseaux

Citizen Engagement in the Regions: The Illuminating Example of “Initiative France”

This article by Jean-Pierre Worms forms part of the series begun in our September-October issue on the contribution made by companies to the common good. It is in three parts, which complement each other closely. In the first section, Worms stresses the colossal scale of the challenges facing us today, particularly at the ecological level, and hence the responsibilities we bear. In the second, he points out the limitations of — if not, indeed, the distortions produced by — a strictly rational conception of the economy, which leaves out of account the essential human factor, a factor whose boundless virtues he demonstrates. But this is not a purely exhortatory piece — far from it — as can be seen from the third section, in which Jean-Pierre Worms tells the story of “Initiative France”, which was founded in 1980 to promote the creation (and resumption) of activities and jobs in the regions. He relates the success of that project and provides some insights into how it was achieved.

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Entreprises, travail - Société, modes de vie

Enterprises and Constructing the Common Good

Despite the “social welfare services” developed by entrepreneurs as early as the 19th century and later criticized as “paternalistic”, the view in France for many years was that it was virtually the exclusive role of enterprises to make profits for the benefit of their shareholders and that everything relating to the collective interest was almost exclusively the business of the state. However, this division of roles is perhaps being undermined today by a multitude of factors. On the one hand, enterprises can no longer ignore the aspirations of their staff to work for meaningful ends, nor the ethical concerns of their clients, nor the fact that they themselves draw on shared (natural) resources and their activities may be destructive of an ecosystem whose fragility is becoming clearly visible… On the other hand, states, which have limited resources, cannot do everything and are perhaps not meant to shoulder the burden of embodying the common good all on their own. These considerations lead to our having launched, under the direction of Marthe de La Taille-Rivero, a series of articles published over several issues of Futuribles on “Enterprises and Constructing the Common Good”.

It falls, then, quite naturally to Marthe de La Taille-Rivero to introduce this series with a first article which shows how a certain concern for the common good took shape in France, mainly after the Second World War—a concern driven by some major employers and often influenced by the Anglo-Saxon countries and goes on to indicate the crucial additional impetus given to this movement from the 1980s onwards by Jacques Rigaud, the chair of Admical (Association for the Development of Industrial and Commercial Sponsorship).

She also highlights how business support that was originally targeted towards cultural activities has diversified appreciably to take in social matters and, subsequently, problems of the environment and sustainable development, as well as local development issues. Her article also stresses that companies’ modes of intervention have themselves changed a great deal over time, with the development of Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility (CSER) and sustainable development policies, alongside sponsorship of the arts and philanthropy. Is all this just part of corporate communications and image creation or does it represent a profound, enforced redistribution of roles, a hybridization of functions pregnant with a future that is quite unlike the past?

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Économie, emploi - Territoires, réseaux

Financement participatif, un nouvel outil d’animation locale ?

Face à la réduction, depuis 2013, de la dotation globale de fonctionnement donnée par l’État aux collectivités locales, à la baisse des impôts locaux perçus suite à la suppression annoncée (pour 80 % des foyers) de la taxe d’habitation (qui devrait être compensée sans que l’on sache exactement comment), quels nouveaux modes de financement peut-on envisager pour les collectivités locales ? Il y a évidemment l’endettement mais, là aussi, l’État veille et la loi de programmation des ...

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Économie, emploi - Entreprises, travail - Institutions

The Unification of Pension Schemes: the Lessons of the Agirc-Arrco Experience

At the end of January, President Emmanuel Macron confirmed his intention to produce framework legislation for reforming the French pensions system. A bill, initially intended for the spring, should be presented late in the year, the aim being to finalize the reform by summer of 2019, at which point all the various schemes should, as far as is possible, be unified. A unification of this kind is a complex and potentially risky undertaking for the executive. Nevertheless, the experience of the Agirc-Arrco supplementary schemes indicates that nothing is impossible when those involved — in particular, the social partners — and the citizens are given responsibility for their management.

The supplementary schemes were faced with increasingly worrying funding problems, particularly after the 2009 crisis, when they were in deficit and forced to draw on their reserves. In 2014 the French Court of Audit keenly urged that such schemes face up to their problems. They subsequently undertook to merge into a single scheme and reform the conditions under which the supplementary pensions were paid, so as not to imperil the overall equilibrium of the system. Pierre Chaperon describes the context in which the merger was decided, the broad terms of the National Interprofessional Agreement under which it was carried out (in October 2015), and the levers used to implement it (combining parametric measurements and systemic thinking). The success of that reorganization no doubt has much to teach us about the reform of the national pensions system that is currently in preparation.

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Géopolitique - Territoires, réseaux

Les nouvelles routes de la soie, entre discours et réalité

Propos liminaire : ce qui suit ne traite pas des conséquences économiques de la relance du commerce chinois susceptible de résulter de la politique dite des nouvelles routes de la soie ni n’essaye de dresser un portrait complet des projets rattachés à celle-ci. Il tente, à l’aide de quelques exemples, d’en esquisser les traits fondamentaux. L’Initiative chinoise des nouvelles routes de la soie, terrestres et maritimes — NRS dans ce qui suit —, est l’une des trois stratégies ...

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