Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Measuring Well-Being

If you're interested in the contents of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission report, you can find it here.

Ségo Makes Her "Solemn Statement"

Ségolène Royal has delivered the "solemn statement" she promised on the question of fraud in the PS. She wants "sanctions" against anyone found guilty of fraud.

"An Example of What We Shouldn't Be Doing"

That's Sarko on the DNA testing controversy, in which he came down squarely on Eric Besson's side. "Everybody knows DNA tests are useless." Of course he didn't say that back when the law was being debated. Then he seemed to be in favor of it. But that's what happens when you try to steer a course through the dangerous straits of immigration restrictions. The president has hard-liners in his party to appease, but he doesn't want to start any sleeping hares. He did start quite a few with this now defunct law, but their opposition was no more serious than the law itself. All shadow boxing.

Bibliometrics

An interesting critique of "bibliometry" as a method for evaluating research performance, and why it won't work in France as currently envisioned.

More on Mitterrand and German Reunification

Pierre Haski looks back on 1989 in light of the recently released Thatcher-Mitterrand discussions and sees "a shadow on Mitterrand's diplomatic record." The video clip, in which he tells J.-P. Elkabbach that the French have no reason to fear events that we now know made him afraid, makes for interesting viewing.