Ideas, values

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An Ambition for French People: Transform Globalization in Civilization

on October 8th, 2008 | Values

François Ewald’s essay was part of Fondation pour l’innovation politique address to the French presidential candidates. In the essay, Ewald expressed both a feeling of rebellion and an ambition to reverse France’s lag behind other nations, having been caught off-guard by the changes that have taken place in the world since the fall of the […]

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Guidelines for Renewing Democracy

on October 7th, 2008 | Values

In Raymond Boudon’s keynote address to a conference organised by the Fondation pour l’innovation politique in January 2007 he outlined the practical consequences of the theory he had developed in his recent work, Renouveler la démocratie. Éloge du sens commun (Éditions Odile Jacob, October 2006). This text is followed by an afterword by Professor of […]

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Reasonable Accommodation and Recognition as an Integration Policy Tool

Reasonable Accommodation and Recognition as an Integration Policy Tool

on October 3rd, 2008 | Values

In their final report, the members of the French Stasi Commission keep referring and favorably so, to the standard of “ reasonable accommodation” pertaining to the cultural and religious diversity developed in Canada. This borrowed phrase however, is the outcome of a distortion of meaning. While in the report, the reasonable accommodation requires minorities to […]

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Integration and Community in North America

on October 3rd, 2008 | Values

From January 25 to February1, 2006, Cécile Chavel, psychoanalyst, Franck Debié, Chief Executive Officer of the Fondation, and Jérôme Monod, Honorary President, went over to the States to study the American integration model. This publication is the result of a week’s intensive exchanges with diverse interlocutors dealing with the main issues American society is confronted […]

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Should We Oppose Legally Enforceable Entitlements?

on October 2nd, 2008 | Values

Should we oppose legally enforceable entitlements? Even as parliamentary assemblies begin to review the enforceable right to housing, Frédéric Rouvillois, a Professor of Public Law at Université Paris-V and an advisor to the Fondation pour l’innovation politique, believes that it is urgent for us to ask ourselves whether we dare to venture beyond an essentially […]

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The Welfare State vs. Changing Social Risks

on October 2nd, 2008 | Values

The Welfare State and its system of social protection are undergoing massive transformation. In France, as elsewhere, the nature and impact of social risks have changed: old age is no longer a risk due to lengthened life expectancy; health, family and employment policies have evolved. In their place new risks related to job insecurity and […]

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