Géopolitique

Cette page regroupe l'ensemble des publications de Futuribles sur cette thématique (Vigie, revue, bibliographie, études, etc.)

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Géopolitique - Société, modes de vie

Les Racines de l’identité européenne

De quelle Europe parlons-nous au seuil du XXIe siècle ? Que reste-t-il des vieilles solidarités et similitudes profondes qui nous ont unis et qui nous permettent de parler d'une culture européenne comme d'un ferment de civilisation ? Quelle identité commune la machine administrative européenne a-t-elle engendrée ? Au-delà des héritages du passé (grecs, romains, chrétiens, les droits de l'homme, l'enseignement des Lumières...), l'identité européenne d'aujourd'hui et de demain mérite un débat. À l'initiative de Gérard-François ...

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Revue

Économie, emploi - Géopolitique

Les politiques du temps de travail en Europe

Work-Sharing Policies in Europe
As the title suggests, the article by Boulin and Cette sketches the broad array of policies affecting length of the working week in European countries since the beginning of the sixties. They show the different motivations and methods which have led all these countries to resort to more or less important reductions and re-arrangements of the working week.
They show that after a phase of general reduction in the hours of work on a common model (during the sixties), some country-specific patterns evolved which were further transformed within countries by growing diversification in duration, rhythms and times of operation.
The authors identify the factors which have played a motivating role in these evolutions, by period and country: improvement in the quality of life, more effective machinery and equipment, higher productivity. They have paid special attention to the quite different methods (notably collective bargaining and statutory regulations) by which the reduction in working week has been put into effect.
Finally, and while acknowledging that the highly variable incidence of part-time work can bias international comparisons, the authors show that reduction of the working week is a tendency of long duration common to all the countries of Europe. If there is a particularly French aspect to the trend it is the important role played by government, which is doubtless attributable to shortfalls in collective bargaining.

Revue

Économie, emploi - Géopolitique

La durée de travail dans huit pays de l’OCDE

Length of the Work-Year in Eight OECD Countries
This article is complementary to the paper by Boulin and Cette on European work sharing policies. It makes more clear for us the evolution of work-time conceived as an annual figure, in eight OECD countries. After a cautionary note on the nature of the indicators employed, it shows that important disparities exist among the countries, in trends as well as levels.
It underlines the rise of organisational structures which are supposed to offer more flexibility to employers, in labour management particularly:
- development of part-time work, for men as well as women, which is increasing everywhere except in Sweden or the U.S.,
- more or less intensive and unequal recourse to over-time work and to sharing work-time on an annual basis,
- the subtle increase which seems to be taking place in shift work, particularly in the manufacturing sector.
The authors report finally on some recent surveys of wage earners, concerning their preferences for the amount of time they spend at work and their remuneration.

Revue

Économie, emploi - Géopolitique

L’économie des Länder est-allemands : une trajectoire originale

The Economy of the East German Länder. A Unique Trajectory
Nine years ago the Berlin Wall was dismantled, giving way to German unification. Some have regarded this as a challenge on the scale of integrating central and eastern European countries into the European Union. While the analogy may be questionable, there is no doubt that the political economic and social challenge was formidable. Were the Eastern Länder condemned to remain for decades at the retarded periphery, the Mezzogiorno of the German industrial giant, or would they be promoted into the ranks of the most modern European regions?
Nine years later, at the end of the Kohl era, Rémi Lallement evaluates a recovery which does not fit into black and white categories. The Eastern Länder have partially caught up but have not yet overcome all of their handicaps. He explains why, showing which efforts have been successful and identifying the major challenges that remain.
The author adds, however, that the present German conjuncture is not very favorable to an accelerated pursuit of the recovery. On the other hand, it appears that the Eastern Länder are developing in a pattern noticeably different from the well known Rhenan one. Neither catch-up nor Mezzogiorno, it seems. The Eastern Länder are varied, and some of them at least could play a leadership role between the East and the West.

Revue

Économie, emploi - Géopolitique - Population

L’emploi en Europe à l’horizon 2015. Évolution démographique et reflux du chômage

Employment in Europe in the Year 2015. Demographic Evolution and Ebb of Unemployment
Géry Coomans analyses here the incidence of change in the working population - and more specifically the population of working age (15-64 years) - from changes in employment and unemployment in the European Union.
He shows that the increase in workers aged 15-64 years - whose numbers and work schedules varied according to country - explains in part the changes in unemployment and under-employment during the last twenty years.
Showing then that this population category will go on decreasing to the year 2015 (at the exit of the Baby Boomers and when the Baby Busters, the low-birth-rate generation, reach working age), unemployment would be bound to decrease and labour shortages occur.
He stresses however that prospects differ according to country and region because of the very different levels in the rate of occupation (employment rate), that - in other words - pools of workers remain able to work in places where these rates are the lowest. He thus outlines two scenarios one based on the geographic mobility of the workforce, the other on investment which results in showing a comparison of prospects for development in the different regions.
One thing in any case seems evident to the writer: the scarcity of workers aged 20-29 years will lead - apart from a labour shortage - to a re-assessment of their salaries, benefiting all levels of qualification.

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Géopolitique - Population

« Demain le droit d’asile. De nouvelles frontières »

Ce numéro de la revue Économie et humanisme a fait de la question de l'avenir du droit d'asile son thème principal. En ouverture, les deux auteurs qui ont supervisé la réalisation du dossier s'interrogent sur le droit régissant la situation des migrants, des réfugiés et des apatrides. Suivent plusieurs articles portant sur les conditions politiques, économiques et démographiques des migrations, avec comme question sous-jacente : la mondialisation s'opposerait-elle à la libre circulation des hommes ? Dans une seconde ...

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Géopolitique - Recherche, sciences, techniques

« Russie : quel avenir pour la recherche ? »

Au moment de la dislocation de l'URSS, la recherche soviétique était considérée comme la deuxième du monde, derrière celle des États-Unis. À la fin des années 1980, 7 % du budget était consacré à la seule recherche civile ; 1,3 million de personnes étaient employées dans ce secteur. Toutefois, ce tableau avantageux masquait une autre réalité : la recherche militaire occupait une place démesurée, et dissimulée, qui imposait à l'ensemble du système les contraintes du secret et de l'isolement ...

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Économie, emploi - Géopolitique

« Perspectives économiques de l’OCDE »

La fiscalité, le chômage, la retraite anticipée, le changement climatique, les réformes japonaises et l'impact de la crise asiatique sur la compétitivité commerciale sont les grands thèmes du numéro 63 des Perspectives économiques de l'OCDE. Concernant les problèmes du vieillissement démographique et l'action à mener pour préserver la prospérité, ce numéro s'attache à un aspect essentiel : la décision concernant le moment du départ à la retraite. Le rapport du nombre de retraités au nombre de salariés ...

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Revue

Économie, emploi - Géopolitique

Mondialisation et gouvernance. Le défi de la régulation publique planétaire

Globalisation and Governance: The Challenge of Planetary Public Regulation
Globalisation is not a new phenomenon, but it has now attained unprecedented amplitude, manifested particularly in economic and financial domains. At the same time it is asymetric rather than universal. Deep inequalities are a consequence, accompanied by a major challenge: governance in a context of interdependence.
The inequalities are particularly gripping, says Valaskakis. For not only do we have a divergence between rich and poor that is all the more shocking given the general level of opulence, but also a growing disparity between those who are able to participate in the system and those who are excluded. These extremes are inducing a dangerous fracture.
It is happening amid a sense that we are powerlessness to manage interdependence, reflected, for example, in the planetary ecosystem and global cyberspace.
The author has nonetheless sketched three scenarios to illustrate possible modes of regulation:
- The first of these seems most probable today. It is characterized by the decline of traditional regulatory structures maintained by the state, the rise of transnational, stateless enterprises and the development of a merciless competitive rivalry which must be suicidal in the end.
- The second would be characterized by the creation of mechanisms and institutions of governance on a planetary scale. But, observes the author, intergovernmental institutions form a mosaic of little coherence, paralyzed from the inside.
- The third scenario would be characterized by the adoption of governance systems at the regional (supra-national) level, on an appropriate economic and social scale (and with the reservation that those regions endow themselves with a minimum of protection against external aggression).
This third scenario is the one which permits the best reconciliation of the desirable and the possible. The European Union could put it in place and thus prefigure the creation of regional political spaces, which would then negociate a new planetary order among themselves. Nothing is yet in play, though; everything remains to be done.

Futurs d'antan

Entreprises, travail - Géopolitique

Actualité du « Défi américain « 

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.

Revue

Économie, emploi - Géopolitique

Quand la Banque mondiale s’éveille…

When the World Bank Wakes up
The World Bank, official leader of the free market chorus, has finally acknowledged in its annual Report on Development for 1997 the usefulness of public institutions and especially of the state, which has played a determining role in the take-off of the rapidly developing countries of South-East Asia.
René Lenoir congratulates the Bank, while encouraging even more effort of this kind from the "gentlemen of Washington". Instead of escaping into financial speculation, they should focus on strategies of development which take into account human needs and local conditions.
Lenoir criticizes in passing the general incoherence of annual reports published by international institutions, and urges them to a collective effort of rethinking development.

Revue

Économie, emploi - Géopolitique - Institutions - Population

L’impact du vieillissement démographique. À propos du rapport de l’OCDE « Le vieillissement dans les pays de l’OCDE « 

The Impact of an Aging Population: Commentary on the OECD Report: "Aging in OECD Countries"
Several recent studies have attempted to forecast the effects of demographic aging, especially on public expenditures for retirement and health.
This article presents and discusses briefly the results of the study by OECD published in 1996 entitled "Demographic Aging in OECD Countries".
Readers will notice that boxes in the text provide the results of another study. This one, directed by Gerard Calot and Jean-Claude Chesnais, uses a different methodology, to isolate the "strict effect" of demographic aging in the European Union towards 2050.

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Géopolitique - Institutions

Pax Democratica : a Strategy for the 21st Century

Dans cet ouvrage, James Robert Huntley tire la sonnette d'alarme. En dépit des changements intervenus ces cinquante dernières années, estime-t-il, les politiques et les institutions mises en place pour favoriser l'émergence d'une communauté universelle risquent de ne pas suffire pour préserver la paix et la démocratie dans les années à venir. Il rappelle ainsi quelques-uns des défis auxquels nous aurons peut-être à faire face : crise du système monétaire international, dégradation des relations avec la Chine - il estime ...

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Géopolitique

L’Europe difficile : histoire politique de la Communauté européenne

Bino Olivi a été pendant vingt ans, les années soixante et soixante-dix, porte-parole de la Commission européenne. Il nous livre ici la version française mise à jour de son Europa difficile publiée en Italie en 1996. Il s'agit, non pas de la seule histoire politique de la Communauté européenne, ce serait oublier l'ouvrage magistral régulièrement mis à jour du professeur Pierre Gerbet, mais du seul ouvrage qui donne une vision proche de la nôtre mais cependant différente et ...

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Géopolitique - Institutions

Entre union et nations. L’État en Europe

Sous la direction d'Anne-Marie Le Gloannec, ce livre est une réflexion collective autour de la problématique de l'État en Europe. Depuis l'institution des Communautés européennes en 1958 jusqu'à l'Union européenne d'aujourd'hui, l'Europe a été profondément transformée par quarante années d'intégration économique. Les unités étatiques constituantes de ces systèmes ont elles aussi été affectées par ces bouleversements : dorénavant ce ne sont plus seulement des États nations mais des États membres qui, dans ...

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Entreprises, travail - Géopolitique

An Empire Wilderness : Travels into America’s Future

Dans son dernier ouvrage, le célèbre correspondant étranger Robert Kaplan revient sur l'effondrement, qu'il estime inévitable, des frontières de toutes sortes (géographiques, politiques, culturelles et économiques). Selon lui, des mutations sont en train de se produire, bien qu'elles échappent encore à notre attention, sur les plans politique et culturel - par exemple les régimes et les modes alimentaires, l'architecture,... tendent à s'uniformiser. La dimension internationale prend le pas sur la dimension nationale, ce qui, pour Robert ...

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Économie, emploi - Géopolitique

Portugal 2010. Posiçao no espaço europeu. Uma reflexao prospectiva (1995) - Tres cenarios para a economia portuguesa no hozizonte 2010-2015 (1998)

Le premier rapport (1995) avait pour objectif de réaliser un outil permettant une analyse stratégique du positionnement du Portugal dans l'Union européenne en construction. Cette étude, comportant l'élaboration de scénarios stratégiques, a été menée pour mettre en équation le positionnement du Portugal « dans le nouveau aménagement du territoire européen, dans les choix de développement, dans les moyens possibles et les outils nécessaires, prenant en compte ses intérêts en fonction des possibles changements dans l'orientation de la politique ...

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Économie, emploi - Géopolitique

La Nouvelle Solution libérale

Prônant depuis quinze ans la révolution libérale et l'État minimum, Guy Sorman s'en prend une fois encore à l'exception française, à l'étatisme tentaculaire, à la « gestionnité », à la culture du statut protégé, à l'illusion de la gratuité. Et plus encore au terrorisme intellectuel du socialisme, qui laisse entendre aux Français que tout ce qui est de gauche est synonyme de justice et de progrès, ce qui est de droite étant nécessairement ringard ou raciste. Un ...

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Chapitre Géopolitique

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.