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.

Desigualdades y el nuevo papel del Estado en America Latina

PUNTO UDG /ENTREVISTA Robert Boyer por Héctor Farina , Radio UdeGOcotlan Mexico, septiembre 2015

Quel serait pour vous le progrès dans 10 ans ?

Esprit Public,11 décembre 2014 Video

Ecoutez le point de vue de Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Thierry Mandon, Pascal /Saint-Amans, Karine Berger, Pierre-Alain Muet, Frédéric Bardeau, Valérie Rabault, Pascal Canfin, Corine Pelluchon, Robert Boyer et Bruno Patino/

Protection sociale dans les pays émergents (La) : continuités historiques et nouveautés

Les cahiers français, n° 381, « Quel avenir pour la protection sociales? », La documentation française, juillet-août 2014, p. 63-69.

Change and not only reproduction: Pierre Bourdieu’s economic anthropology and régulation theory

Translated by Michael LAINE

In Re-Thinking Econommics: Exploring the work of Pierre Bourdieu edited by Asomina Christoforou and Michael Lainé, Routledge, London and New-York, 2014, p. 117-139.

Euro does not imply productive convergence (The)

Chapitre 1 in Structural Change, Competitiveness and Industrial Policy: Painful , Lessons from the European Periphery [Format Kindle], Sous la direction de Aurora A. C. Teixeira, Ester Silva and Ricardo Mamede, Routledge, 2014

Capitalisme, d’une crise à l’autre (le) : résilience, transformations


Problèmes économiques, Hors série n° 5, La documentation française, Paris, p.

Is more equality possible in Latin America? A challenge in a World of contrasted but interdependent inequality regimes

Working Paper n° 67, 2014, Working Paper Series, desiguALdades.net, Freie Universität,              Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, Berlin.

Où va l’Union européenne? Sept scénarios pour l’avenir de l’Union européenne



L’économie politique, n° 61, janvier 2014, p. 54-67.

What innovations for the next development modes?

25112013IPCCASBoyerWhatInnovations (16.4 MiB)

Seminar at Institute of Policy and Management- Chinese Academic of Science, Beijing (Chine), November 25th, 2013

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