Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies, Department of Government, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar C0-Chair, Harvard University; CES Director (2001-2006), Harvard University; Co-Director, Program on Successful Societies, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR); Senior Advisor, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
September 8, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Lower Level Conference Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
For many years now, France's decision-making machinery has ceased to function. The entire system of governance is obsolete and in need of an overhaul. It takes far too long to draft new laws and secure passage by parliament, and in many cases it proves impossible to implement the intended reform. Insufficient use is made of civil-society expertise. The French today are far-better educated and informed, so they want to have their voices heard, and not simply obey rules sent down from the top. In this talk, Thierry Mandon will reflect on the disparity that exists between the vitality of society and the inertia of institutions and what might be done to reduce it.