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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Prologue à l’ouvrage de Illan Bizberg Diversity of Capitalisms in Latin America, Palgrave Macmillan, Springer Nature Switzerland AG, 2019, p.

Crisis y Hegemonía en la economía mundial caracterización, perspectivas y tendencias

Robert BOYER en la UNM – Congreso de Economía Política Internacional 2015  Universidad Nacional de Moreno

El Economista francés, Robert BOYER participó de un panel, en el marco del Congreso de Economía Política Internacional. Su disertación estuvo referida a « Crisis y Hegemonía en la economía mundial caracterización, perspectivas y tendencias ».

Es el concepto centro perifia util aun?


La diversité des capitalismes

Entretien France Culture, Entendez-vous l’eco?, par Maylis Besserie, 26 Septembre 2017.


Deuxième jour de notre série consacrée à “l’esprit du capitalisme”.

Hier, nous nous sommes glissés dans la peau du sociologue Max Weber, auteur de l’ouvrage éponyme sur les origines de l’émergence du capitalisme et ses liens avec l’éthique protestante. Aujourd’hui, nous continuons à parler de capitalisme, mais en utilisant volontairement le mot au pluriel – pour pointer la diversité des systèmes économiques et politiques qu’il recouvre.

Nous allons parler de la théorie de la régulation et de son analyse en compagnie de l’une de ses grandes figures: Robert Boyer.


Etats-Unis/ Mexique: le grand basculement

Entrevue Institut des Amériques, 22 février 2017.

Robert Boyer, Économiste et membre du Conseil scientifique de l’IdA, analyse les relations Etats-Unis / Mexique depuis l’élection de Donald Trump et nous présente 5 scénarios.

Public goods in the era of spatial heterogeneity and weak political impulse: Implications for the European Union

Séminaire présenté à l’EHESS, Paris, 10 février 2014

Histoire économique au secours de l’économiste contemporain (L’)

dans Pierre Berthelier, Bourges. A l’ombre de Paris (Pouvoir, Economie et Société de la Grande Peste à la Révolution) – 1350-1795, L’Harmattan, Paris, Avril 2016, p. 7-16, Préface.

L’avenir du capitalisme ?


Présentation au JECO 2015 Théâtre des Célestins (REPLAY) (2015... pour Les journées de l’économie  le 15 Octobre 2015


A world of contrasted but interdependent inequality regimes: China, United-States and European Union

Review of Political economy, Vol. 27, n° 4, October 2015, p. 481-517.



A number of contemporary paradoxes warrant explanation. First, in China, economic development has reduced poverty but dramatically increased inequalities. Second, the finance-led growth regime of North America has brought about a rupture with the Fordist Golden Age, causing a surge of inequality because of quite specific spill-over effects from the economy to policy. Third, the Eurozone crisis is often perceived as reflecting the limits of welfare states and the ideal of social equality, but some countries continue to exhibit an extended welfare system, moderate inequalities and a dynamic innovation and production system. To explain these paradoxes, this article applies a socio-economic approach based upon the concept of inequality regimes. Conventional interpretations stress the universality of the mechanisms that widen individual inequalities within each nation-state but reduce the hierarchy of national standards of living. This analysis, however, concludes that China, North America and Europe do not follow the same trajectory at all, since they have developed contrasting regimes of inequality that co-evolve and are largely complementary at the global level. This suggests an alternative to the hypothesis of an irreversible globalization of inequality.

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