I had taken William Easterly’s Tyranny of Experts book with me while visiting Japan early April in the hope of finishing it there, but even Easterly’s vivid prose and often dark humour wasn’t able to detract me from Japan’s fascinating culture and landscapes.
But here it is finally, my review of his latest controversial – and brilliant – book. Continue reading “The Tyranny of Experts: a book review”
As a former Senior Advisor for Innovation to Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State – a role that was specifically designed for him – innovation in all its forms and across the globe used to be Alec Ross’ bread and butter for several years. No wonder he’s turned this knowledge into his first book!
When he told me that The Industries of the Future was finally out I could sense relief blended with excitement in his message. So I got myself the book, curious to know which industries and which regions he would be focusing on. Continue reading “The Industries of the Future: a book review”
Poor Economics by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo is one of those books everyone knows about in the international development community but few have read. And since I set myself the challenge to actually read these books in 2016, it was normal that I would start with the topic that puts me off the most: economics! Continue reading “Poor Economics: a book review”
The idea of solutions emerging through responses to locally perceived problems sounds basic. It is, however, potentially revolutionary for designers of externally influenced institutional reform.” (p. 150)
Matt Andrew’s book on the Limits of Institutional Reform in Development is the kind of book only students or academics would read, by its cover. Yet it would be a pity if this book didn’t reach the hands of development professionals. Continue reading “The limits of institutional reform in development: a book review”
Pour ceux qui attendent des réponses fortes des politiques suite aux attentats de Paris vendredi 13 novembre, j’ai le regret de vous faire part que 129 personnes sont mortes pour rien. Continue reading “La meilleure arme contre le terrorisme et le fondamentalisme religieux, elle est en vous”
27 October 2015 was a momentous day if you work in EU affairs. Today important decisions were taken and an interesting debate on migration took place during the European Parliament’s plenary session. These decisions will have a direct impact on European citizens’ lives or affect their lives in the short to medium term. Continue reading “Net neutrality, the end of roaming charges, the migration divide and the 2016 agenda of the European Commission”
Je me suis récemment fait traiter de “bobo” sur Twitter par un inconnu et je me suis demandé qu’est-ce qui avait poussé cette personne à 1. m’identifier avec l’appellation “bobo” et 2. penser que c’est une insulte. Et puis tout ça m’a fait réfléchir à moi-même et à mon expérience de diverses cultures, et je me suis demandé si je réagirai pareil étant Américaine ou Allemande. Voici le fruit de mes réflexions. Continue reading “To be bobo or not to be”
I’ve always been wondering wether it would be enough to have an amazing political programme, a programme that puts the interests of humanity before those of particular groups or interests, and whether that programme would still be a success if advocated by a politician with very poor communication skills. Continue reading “Does great politics require great communicators?”
Un post en français, une fois n’est pas coutume :-).
Pour répondre à cette question, j’ai travaillé à partir de pas mal de références, notamment de vulgarisation (voir en fin d’article), mais celle qui m’a le plus interrogée et poussée à réféchir aux rapports entre bouddhisme et politique est L’enseignement du Bouddha, de Walpola Rahula, publié en français en 1961 sous l’égide du Collège de France. Continue reading “Bouddhisme et politique font-ils bon ménage ?”
“Who wants to be a Prime Minister?”
I was almost going to call this post “Who wants to be a Prime Minister” but refrained at the last minute (lucky you!). A colleague today told me that during the TV debates, the three British candidates in the run-up to 6 May 2010 were being evaluated by the audience in the studio with remote voting systems, and that the results were being displayed on TV screens. Continue reading “2010 UK Elections, TV and Twitter: how it doesn’t always fit together”