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Institutions - Société, modes de vie

Debate about the Risks of France Declining: the Camdessus Report

In May 2004, having made the revival of the economy and of employment its top priority, the French government (via the minister responsible for the economy at the time, Nicolas Sarkozy) asked Michel Camdessus (former head of the IMF and honorary governor of the Bank of France) to produce a report on the economic and financial outlook for France along with proposals for corresponding strategic policy options. Among other things, the report was also supposed to "shed some preliminary light on the structural obstacles hindering the dynamism" of the French economy.
The report, produced under the guidance of Michel Camdessus and drawing on contributions from about 20 experts with a wide variety of backgrounds, was handed over on 19 October 2004. Under the title Le Sursaut ("The Sudden Start"), it adopted a highly alarmist tone as to the prospects for the French economy: with the risk of failing to keep up, the lack of jobs, the growing debt, etc., it argued that the country is in a downward spiral and that swift action is needed in order to prevent it reaching rock bottom. The report then proposed a range of priority policy directions, in particular aimed at making the labour market more flexible, developing services, fostering education and research, etc.
The very pessimistic tone of the report and its perceived bias towards market forces generated controversy in France, with some commentators fearing that it might become the "Bible" of the current government. Futuribles here provides a platform for two economists with opposing views of the Camdessus Report: Michel Drancourt sees it as a "lucid" assessment of the state of France, whereas Gilles Cazes thinks that the prescription proposed is best forgotten.


Institutions - Population - Société, modes de vie

No More Smacking?

Futures studies should not be content merely with conducting high-level "macro" analyses but should also be concerned with revealing trends that affect people as individuals. It is therefore extremely important to be able to develop foresight techniques related to everyday life, so as to highlight via particular facts or ideas the changes taking place in the way we live and what they reveal. This article by Julien Damon is a perfect example of such an effort to apply foresight to daily life. It looks at an apparently banal topic - smacking - and shows how modern attitudes to smacking reflect a real shift in approaches to bringing up children and in respect for their rights and freedoms.
The author begins with a brief survey of laws against corporal punishment of children in different countries. He outlines the debates on this issue that stirred up public opinion in Canada and the United Kingdom, and then discusses the French situation.
He goes on to present the arguments used by those in favour of anti-smacking legislation, especially in the United States and France. He notes the growth of a major lobby in France to alert parliamentarians to the problem of corporal punishment within the family.
Finally, Damon argues that this mobilization of opinion reflects major changes in society and in the family: although corporal punishment has clearly been on the decline for several decades, there is now a move to prohibit it by law. Beyond the debate about authority versus liberty, it is also a matter of whether people want a society based on trust or on legal norms.



Quel avenir pour la démocratie participative ?

Le système démocratique occidental, fondé sur la représentation, traverse incontestablement une crise profonde, alors que la chute du mur de Berlin aurait pu conduire à une " démocratie apaisée ". Ce " désenchantement " a de nombreuses causes et il suscite une préoccupation croissante au sein de la société pour recréer le lien entre le citoyen et le politique. Une démocratie plus participative figure au premier rang des réponses souhaitées. Mais derrière ce terme générique, une multitude d'approches (tirage au sort des citoyens ...

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Institutions - Territoires, réseaux

Horizon 2020 : conflits d’usage dans les territoires, quel nouveau rôle pour l’État ?

L'amélioration de l'accessibilité de l'ensemble des campagnes désormais plus convoitées et le redressement démographique d'une majorité de territoires ruraux entraînent une compétition croissante entre les usages. Dans les territoires ruraux, des antagonismes se développent entre les activités de production agricoles et industrielles qui se maintiennent, la fonction résidentielle en expansion, les loisirs en essor et l'affirmation de la fonction de préservation (la superficie consacrée à la protection des milieux ayant augmenté de 46 % entre 1992 ...

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Les Pensions dans les pays de l’OCDE : panorama des politiques publiques

Que coûteront véritablement les promesses de pensions que font aujourd'hui les pays de l'OCDE à leurs travailleurs lorsque ceux-ci prendront leur retraite, et les gouvernements auront-ils les moyens d'honorer ces promesses ? Ce rapport adopte une approche nouvelle en prenant en compte l'espérance de vie, l'âge de départ à la retraite et les droits prévisibles à prestations, permettant ainsi, pour la première fois, aux gouvernements des pays de l'OCDE de comparer directement les effets des ...

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Institutions - Recherche, sciences, techniques

Futuris : prospective du système français de recherche et d’innovation

Pierre Piganiol emphasizes, in his own article in this issue, the importance of foresight studies in drawing up an R&D policy which, of necessity, looks to the long term. In response to this need and to the need to give a new stimulus (but what?) to French research policy the French association for technical research (Association nationale de la recherche technique, ANRT) has launched a future-oriented study of the French system of research and innovation.
Jacques Lesourne, chairman of the steering committee of the "Futuris" project, offers his view of the French system of research and innovation, then shows how the arrangements made in France after the Second World War are now having to face the need for reform, if only because of the radically different context in which we find ourselves and the challenges of the next few years.
After a brief sketch of how this vast exercise in foresight is being organized, drawing on a very large number of experts, and the various methods used (in particular scenario-building), he summarizes the main lessons to be learned from it. Above all he stresses the need to step up substantially the investment in R&D in France (with a look at the roles that public authorities and business should play in this) as well as the need for in-depth reform of the way that research is organized if it is to become more productive.
Lastly, and given that the French government has announced that it proposes to introduce legislation about the direction and programming of research, he makes some recommendations, based on the work of Futuris, directed at the drafters of the new law, whose contents are eagerly awaited.

Chapitre Institutions

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.