Coronavirus : « Cette crise inédite adresse un redoutable avertissement aux économistes »

Tribune, Idées : Coronavirus et pandémie de COVID-19, Le Monde 27 mars 2020,

Comment sauver l’économie du COVID-19 ?

Intervenants : Robert Boyer (Centre Cournot, Institut des Amériques), Xavier Ragot (OFCE), Les débats du Centre Cournot, en ligne, mars 2020.


Are modern doctors Pangloss right?

Book Review of Torben Iversen and David Soskice: Democracy and prosperity: reinventing capitalism through a turbulent century, Journal of Economics

La mort du sociologue Immanuel Wallerstein

Père de la théorie du système-monde et engagé dans l’altermondialisme, Immanuel Wallerstein est mort à New York le 31 août,à l’âge de 88 ans., Le Monde,  9 septembre 2019

Teoría de la regulación en América Latina.

Un diálogo con Robert Boyer,  Julieta A. Almada. Becaria doctoral del Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro
de Estudios Avanzados (Argentina) y Emilia Ormaechea. Becaria doctoral del Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Instituto
de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales del Litoral (Argentina). ICONOS, Revista de Ciencias Sociales n° 65, Septiembre-Diciembre 2019, p. 223-230.




The Process of Development: The Contribution of Régulation Theory

In Machiko Nissanke and José Antonio Ocampo (editors), The Palgrave handbook of developments economics. Réflexions critiques sur la mondialisation et le développement. Chapitre : Questions méthodologiques et conceptuelles en économie du développement. Manuel de l’économie du développement de Palgrave, Chapiter 6Palgrave,  MacMillan, pages 177-227.


Development is not the search for an optimal static macro-equilibrium but it derives from the art of creating, if not miracles, at least virtuous circles in which social values, organizations, institutions and technological systems co-evolve. Development modes are therefore built upon the discovery of possible institutional arrangements that fulfil two conditions: the viability of the accumulation process and a political legitimacy around an implicit or explicit institutionalized compromise. The survey of economic history reveals a limited number of these modes: import substitution development, export-led, foreign direct investment-led and finally based upon low wage and poor welfare. Contemporary China explores a genuine development mode built upon the acute competition between a myriad of local corporatism under the aegis of a party-State. Most of these modes rely upon the resilience of an open world economy. Its stability is not guaranteed given the obstacles to the defense of global public goods and to the creation of new Commons. Last but not least, the merits of an anthropogenetic model based on education, health and culture should not be underestimated.



Development mode Regulation theory Accumulation regime Institutionalized compromise Viability

How Scientific Breakthroughs and Social Innovations Shape the Evolution of the Healthcare Sector

In Lechevalier Sébastien editor, Innovation Beyond Technology: Science for Society and Interdisciplinary Approaches is available on and will be perpetually maintained on SpringerLink, 2019, Springer, p. 89-120.


The chapter argues that the conventional scientific determinism does explain the long term evolution of health care systems. First the illness and the medical knowledge and techniques are socially constructed and historically determined .Second the methods for financing and organizing care shape the intensity and direction of medical breakthroughs. Third scientific advances generally do not reduce the medical costs because the new therapies diffuse and more complex diseases challenge medical expertise.   It is thus important to replace a static equilibrium-based approach with an evolutionary and institutionalized vision that takes into account   the two sided causalities between social innovations and the invention and diffusion of new therapies. The performance of the health care sector cannot be measured by usual productivity indexes since so many factors determine the life expectancy in good health of the population .A large diffusion of education exerts positive spill overs upon the prevention of diseases and the preservation of health. This calls for a society wide approach to health as a component of a genuine to, “anthropogenic” mode of development. Clear social innovations are required for this mode to prosper and not only purely medical breakthroughs.

Understanding Latin American Trajectories: How geopolitical factors, economic regimes, social actors, and political systems interact

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After the crisis: lessons on economic and political paradigms and policies

The pedagogy of economic, political and social crises: Dynamics, construals and lessons, Bob Jessop and Karim Knio (Eds), Routledge: Frontiers of Political Economy, London, New-York, juin 2018, Chapitre 8, p.139-165.

Comparative Political Economy

in The Palgrave Handbook of Political EconomyCardinale, Ivano, Scazzieri, Roberto (Eds.), Palgrave Macmillan UK, (2018), p. 543-603

This book is a major contribution to the study of political economy. With chapters ranging from the origins of political economy to its most exciting research fields, this handbook provides a reassessment of political economy as it stands today, whilst boldly gesturing to where it might head in the future.
This handbook transcends the received dichotomy between political economy as an application of rational choice theory or as the study of the causes of societies’ material welfare, outlining a broader field of study that encompasses those traditions. This book will be essential reading for academics, researchers, students, and anyone looking for a comprehensive reassessment of political economy.


Ce livre est une contribution majeure à l’étude de l’économie politique. Avec des chapitres allant des origines de l’économie politique à ses domaines de recherche les plus passionnants, ce manuel propose une réévaluation de l’économie politique telle qu’elle se présente aujourd’hui, tout en faisant preuve de la plus grande hardiesse possible. Ce manuel transcende la dichotomie reçue entre l’économie politique en tant qu’application de la théorie du choix rationnel ou en tant qu’étude des causes du bien-être matériel des sociétés, décrivant un champ d’étude plus vaste englobant ces traditions. Ce livre sera une lecture essentielle pour les universitaires, les chercheurs, les étudiants et tous ceux qui recherchent une réévaluation complète de l’économie politique.

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