Saturday, August 20, 2011

Robert Boyer on Socialist Candidates

Robert Boyer, the founder, with Michel Aglietta, of the French "regulation school" of economics, is quite pessimistic about the crisis. And while he is quite critical of Sarkozy and Merkel, he is not impressed by the answers provided by the Socialist candidates either:

Je suis aussi frappé, pour certains candidats à la candidature socialiste par exemple, par leur ignorance totale de l'économie mondiale. La Corrèze, c'est bien, mais il faut aller voir ailleurs. La détérioration de la qualité du personnel politique est impressionnante. Les intellectuels politiques, comme le furent Michel Rocard ou Jacques Delors, ont disparu. Du coup, les politiques sont prisonniers des conseillers économiques. Ils sont non seulement coupés de leur base, mais n'ont pas non plus la capacité d'analyser le monde. Vu la complexité de la crise, c'est inquiétant.

2 comments:

Kirk said...

Right. But politics is not just about economics. What's the old adage about a carpenter seeing every problem as if it had to be solved with a hammer? Politicians need to be versatile, and while it's good to have prime ministers or presidents who have a strong economic background, it's not the only thing they need. This person is wearing blinders as he looks only at the problems that he can solve with his hammer, and if he sees that the politicans don't have hammers, he criticizes.

Michael said...

"Vu la complexité de la crise, c'est inquiétant."
This seems to be true everywhere...