Cette page regroupe l'ensemble des publications de Futuribles sur cette thématique (Vigie, revue, bibliographie, études, etc.)
C'est une sélection d'articles issus de l'Encyclopédie du futur qui est présentée ici dans un volume luxueux, enrichi de photographies et d'illustrations. Les sujets vont de l'avenir du capitalisme à celui de la gouvernance, de l'astronomie au mariage en passant par la démographie, le terrorisme, le travail, l'espace et encore bien d'autres. De nombreux chiffres et faits ont été actualisés.
Le paysage économique est en train de changer, sous l'impact du développement des technologies de l'information et de la communication (TIC), de la compétition mondiale et de la volatilité croissante de la demande. Mais s'ils s'accordent sur ce constat, les commentateurs sont divisés sur les conséquences de ces changements sur l'avenir du travail, c'est pourquoi la Future Unit du DTI a exploré deux scénarios à l'horizon 2015. Dans le premier scénario, « Wired World ...
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Ce rapport, rédigé sous la direction d'Alain Supiot pour la Communauté européenne par un groupe de neuf experts issus des divers pays de l'Union, a été réalisé avec la collaboration de l'université Carlos III de Madrid. Il s'agit d’une initiative particulièrement heureuse puisqu'elle donne accès à un travail collectif de la plus grande importance pour l'avenir des relations des citoyens au travail, dont on sait qu'il est une des préoccupations majeures des ...
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Ce livre, accompagné de son Cédérom, se présente comme un outil destiné aux étudiants en Relations Internationales et, plus généralement, à tous ceux qui se préoccupent de l'avenir de la planète. International Futures est en effet un modèle de simulation par ordinateur qui permet de construire ses propres scénarios en modifiant des variables interdépendantes. Barry B. Hughes, professeur à l'Université de Denver, présente d'abord un choix de tendances concernant la démographie, l'économie, l'alimentation et l ...
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Cette étude collective, en faisant un tour d'horizon de cinq pays, tente de répondre à trois questions à propos des cadres : faut-il mesurer leur temps de travail ? Quelles sont les organisations les plus favorables à la maîtrise du temps ? Quelle place tiennent-ils dans les sociétés ? Une synthèse transversale et une analyse par pays offre au lecteur plusieurs clés d'entrée. Dans une première partie, les auteurs proposent quelques axes d'analyse, à commencer par la définition d'une notion ...
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Dans un précédent ouvrage, Britain 2010, le Policy Studies Institute avait fait travailler son équipe de recherche interdisciplinaire sur l'avenir de la Grande-Bretagne. Lui avait fait suite The Future of Britain and Europe qui reprenait ces conclusions pour en étudier les implications sur l'Europe et la place qu'y tiendrait la Grande-Bretagne. L'objectif du présent ouvrage est d'approfondir l'analyse en examinant les choix politiques rendus nécessaires par les nouveaux enjeux, et de se poser la ...
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Pour la première fois en Espagne, cet ouvrage consacré à la prospective s'enrichit d'un grand effort pédagogique : clair et concis, il représente un document d'appui idéal pour l'enseignement des méthodes d'une discipline à laquelle les départements de sociologie de quelques universités pionnières commencent à s'intéresser. Le lecteur appréciera particulièrement le troisième chapitre dans lequel l'auteur aborde les relations de la prospective avec les processus décisionnels, que ce soit dans l'entreprise, l'administration ...
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The Aubry Laws: Two Suggestions of Personnel Managers
The National Association of Personnel Directors and Officers (ANDCP) has created a working group on the 35-hour laws. The group has issued a statement since the discussion in the National Assembly of the Aubry laws.
They give us here their analysis of the first law (June1998) and of the problems it was supposed to address. They also reveal their point of view on the second law, which should be passed between now and the end of 1999
Toward a New Right to Work
The law on 35 hours has been criticized for its authoritarian character. However, says Jacques Barthelemy, the law does not rigidly restrict the working week to 35 hours, nor, if applied, does it require the same level of gross compensation. Instead, the legal and regulatory provisions which were imperatives under the regime of the 40-hour law now become supplemental to collective agreements.
Our author argues, in other words, that this law offers an exceptional opportunity to the actors, across industrial sectors and within individual firms, to define the number of hours worked and the organisation of times of work according to their own convenience, so long as their internal agreement is not obviously contrary to the public interest.
Once this latitude for maneuver is handed over to the parties, it falls on them to define the optimal reconciliation between the constraints of the enterprise and the aspirations of the workers. Thus, by stimulating negotiation, we open the way to a right-to-work covenant which, to the extent that the actors can come to agreement, replaces regulatory provisions.
Anticipate or Suffer
Last September an organisation of young business executives (CJD) signed an agreement with the French Ministry de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité (employment and solidarity) to engage 400 of them as volunteers in the first stage of negotiating the reorganization of work and the reduction of hours.
Although his report will not be submitted to the Ministry until June of 1999, the president of CJD has drawn for us here some lessons from these pilot projects. He sets the reduction of working time into the larger framework of the challenges with which small and medium sized enterprises are confronted today. He emphasizes at the same time the necessity for firms to not only adapt but also to anticipate and to arm themselves with a truly strategic plan
Il s'agit là de la quatrième remise à jour de la G.W.U. Forecast. Au terme d'une analyse de l'environnement et d'une étude des tendances, cette enquête identifie 85 technologies émergentes qu'elle soumet ensuite à un panel d'experts, suivant la méthode Delphi, pour déterminer l'année d'occurrence de chaque événement sélectionné (et selon quelles probabilités), la taille possible du marché qu'il générerait et la nation-leader pour cette technologie. Les résultats de ...
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Where is French Trade Unionism Heading?
Gérard Donnadieu gives us an analysis here of the origins and development of French trade unionism, the crisis it is currently going through and possible changes it may undergo.
Born out of the context of class struggle and becoming progressively institutionalised, trade unionism has been going through a major crisis for twenty years revealed by:
- a drop in the level of trade unionism;
- collapse of trade union representation observed during elections to the committees of companies and industrial tribunals;
- loss of control by trade unions of the social order, which is shown by a drop in conflicts and a rise in local, decentralized negotiations escaping the control of large groups of affiliated trade unions.
Starting with a typology showing four types of trade unionism to which he associates four different functions, the writer shows that the French trade union landscape today is very fragmented and confused: still dominated here - mainly in the public service - by a "trade unionism of the rostrum" which, relying on all the demands made, is condemned to fragmentation, and more inclined at the moment to adopt a strategy of co-operation (particularly in the CFDT) with moderate success, in spite of everything.
Finally, the writer outlines five possible scenarios of change in the long term: that of decline with all the risks of ungovernability which it carries in the case of major social crisis; that of the trade union model fragmented into multiple organizations according to each sectional group; the third scenario ("uncoupling and institutionalisation") would be marked by the transformation of trade unions into "social agencies"; the fourth describes what could be "company trade unionism" of the Japanese or Greman type; the final scenario, relying on new forms of organisation and employment, outlines what could be the role of trade unions in a post-salary society.
For a Political Culture of Time
Jean Chesneaux here shows how the distinction between present, past and future - or the tripartition of time - has a legitimate foundation because of the very different nature of these three instances (ek-stases), and how in particular the past and future are essential to give meaning to the present, and allow us to be totally responsible vis-à-vis a future which in essence has yet to be created.
He denounces the primacy granted today to the present (presentism) which, renouncing its role as a link between memory and projection, makes it meaningless, and deprives it of its essential attribute, that of being the privileged moment when the will of man and society is expressed.
While "everything conspires to attempt to break the hourglass of time", Jean Chesneaux invites us to "dwell in time" in its three dimensions, each throwing light on the others and contributing to the "political culture of time", which alone allows us to escape its bondage.
Invariants in the History of the Entreprise
The attention of futurists is naturally drawn by change. But human society is also marked by no less interesting invariances which are identified through historical analysis.
The author of a recent book on L'Entreprise de l'Antiquité à nos jours ("The Enterprise from Antiquity to Our Times"), Michel Drancourt, has extracted some invariances in the history of business, the characteristics common to all entrepreneurs and the factors which, since the beginning, have constituted the dynamic of their organization.
He reminds us that although technology, organizational structure and management methods have evolved a lot, the entrepreneur has always been a non-conformist, animated by a search for adventure and by a talent for leadership, with an acute sense of the organization.
The Japanese Gambling Economy
Along with the United States and the United Kingdom, Japan is one of the hardest working of the industrialized countries. Its leisure industry is nevertheless particularly well-developed, representing 17% of Gross National Product and 28% of household expenditures (compared to 6% in France). Within the leisure sector, gambling has a fundamental role, particularly pachinko, which alone brings in 1.4 times the revenue of the Japanese auto industry.
Thierry Ribault provides a socio-economic analysis of this activity which he considers to be very representative of the modern merchandising industry: capitalistic, highly productive, and providing lots of jobs.
He demonstrates the subtle marketing strategies of the sector, how they articulate themselves into the socio-economic context, and the demand for games of chance. He describes briefly the conciliatory attitude of the public authorities and the more restrained response of the financial sector to the rise of such an important activity.
At a time when the lack of jobs in commerce is deplored, particularly in France (cf. the note of Thomas Piketty of the Fondation Saint-Simon and the regular warning of massive layoffs which could hit the banking sector), the question which comes to mind is obviously to know whether gambling is a distinctively Japanese phenomenon, or a sector which will be part of the future of all the industrialized countries.
The Political Economy of Unmeasured Values
Are reproduced here some long extracts from a text on the political economy of unmeasured values by Bertrand de Jouvenel which were published in the Virginia Quarterly Review in 1959 and reprinted in his book Arcadia: Essays on a Better Life.
The text begins with a long quotation from Pigou reminding us that the progress of economic science demands that it be limited to those phenomena which can be measured in money terms, even though other factors (good and services given for free) are necessary to a human existence.
This text, in print for almost forty years, calls attention to the limits of national accounting (and by extension, to the value of economic indicators in general) while at the same time addresses issues of what today is called sustainable development.
Is Capitalism Too Productive ?
Paul Krugman vigorously denounces the rise of an economic doctrine which he calls "global glut" and the inauspicious policies it inspires, which prefer to throttle the growth of production and share scarcity more equitably.
This doctrine, he says, is based on the idea that we suffer from an excess of supply relative to demand, thanks in part to productivity gains in the industrialized countries and the assurance of continued growth of output from the newly industrialized countries. It is a lacklustre doctrine all the same.
It is a doctrine which cannot withstand analysis, says Krugman.
- First, because if production capacity is in fact growing in OECD countries, it is still less than the rate achieved in the thirty glorious years.
- Next, the idea that demand would be insufficient (for lack of income or the saturation of needs) is negated by the dynamism of supply, which assures that people always consume, if not the same old products, then the new products and services.
- Finally, because the newly industrialized countries, regardless of their growing contribution to total supply, are far from having attained self-sufficiency. On the contrary, their needs are immense, and as their economies grow so also do purchasing power and consumption, more rapidly even than production.
Le présent article est consacré à une comparaison de la structure, des principales spécifications et des propriétés des modèles macro-économiques de grande taille que cinq institutions (Banque de France, Direction de la prévision, École centrale, INSEE, OFCE) utilisent régulièrement pour réaliser des prévisions et des évaluations macro-économiques. Ce sont les choix de modélisation par domaine ou par variable qui sont à l'origine des principales différences entre les résultats obtenus avec chaque modèle. Ces spécificités sont décrites par découpage des ...
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1956: France in Twenty Years. About the Book by André Maurois, "The Changing Face of France"
A little more than 40 years ago André Maurois, scholar, writer, novelist, biographer and author of historical studies, attempted to describe what France would be like in twenty years, or about 1975. He called it La France change de visage ("The Changing Face of France").
Pierre Bonnaure re-read the book for us. He describes the situation of the country in 1956 and how Maurois foresaw its evolution over the next twenty years. That done, he observes that the author's method and style is intuitive rather than formal, and shows where he turned out to be highly clairvoyant and, conversely, where he made his principal omissions and mistakes.
This text by André Maurois, like many others (thinking only of the Rueff-Armand report on "obstacles to economic expansion" written in 1960 - see Futuribles n°129-130, February-March 1989), points to the existence of structural problems which remain to this day. Should we rejoice to see forecasts confirmed and conclude that the author turned out to be an astute futurist? Or regret the permanence of rigidities which manifest the limited capacity of French society to make necessary changes?
Reality of the American Challenge
In 1967 Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber gathered the views of a dozen or so European experts and published The American Challenge. The message was a stern warning to Europeans that they were in danger of being transformed into satellites of the United States, which then held a commanding lead in information technology.
One of those experts was Michel Albert, who has taken a critical second look at the book three decades later. His first observation is that we have not witnessed the flight of American investments from Europe, and that the countries of the old continent have pulled themselves up to the same level of development as the United States. On the other hand, he emphasizes that Europe has not understood how to cope with the social challenge posed by the post-industrial revolution, in spite of its exemplary social aspirations. In Albert's analysis this defect is due to the lack of a common industrial, economic and social policy.
The American Challenge has receded, therefore, and the real challenge for Europe, beyond the single market and common currency, is to construct a real federal union.
Urban Strategies and Business Strategies
Jean Haentjens describes the complex symbiosis between business and the city - the prince and the merchant - due to the different logics which animate them: one of them focused on a place and the other on linkages and flow.
He shows the essential role which businessmen have played in the rise of cities and, on the other side, the factors which have determined the attractiveness of urban regions. But he also underlines that the city is more than a by-product of commercial exchange and that quite different strategies can be adopted.
The Year 2000 as Seen from 1967
According to the Gregorian calendar, we are near the end of the second millenium. Public opinion surveys on the year 2000 are likely to multiply.
To our knowledge, the first survey of this kind in France was conducted in 1967. It was ordered by "la revue 2000" directed by Serge Antoine. We have asked him to provide a critical review of its principal results.
Ce chapitre est extrait du Rapport Vigie 2016 de Futuribles International, qui propose un panorama structuré des connaissances et des incertitudes des experts que l'association a mobilisés pour explorer les évolutions des 15 à 35 prochaines années sur 11 thématiques.