Monday, October 8, 2007

Distrustful France

Le Blog d'un Économiste has an interesting discussion of a colloquium organized around a paper by Yann Algan and Pierre Cahuc entitled "The Society of Distrust" (available here from CEPREMAP). The paper documents the high level of distrust among the French and draws conclusions about the effects on their economic and political behavior. This is a theme that's much in the air these days. As it happens, I'm translating at the moment Pierre Rosanvallon's La Contre-Démocratie: La politique à l'âge de la défiance, which comes at the problem from another angle. Rosanvallon and Olivier Blanchard were commentators at the session described by Étienne Wasmer and organized by Daniel Cohen.

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