From Economics as Fiction to Fiction-Led Capitalism

in The fictions of American capitalism : working fictions and the economic novel,  Jacques Henri Coste et Vincent Dusol (Eds),  Livre électronique, Palgrave Macmilan, March 2020, p. 37-68.


¿Capitalismo de plataforma transnacional, capitalismo de estado o un declive impuesto por la ecología?

Espagnol. Présentation Powerpoint, Conférence au Colegio de Mexico le 16 janvier 2020.

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.

Is Japan lagging behind or is it exploring the 21st century Anthropogenetic Model?

Présentation au séminaire de master « sciences sociales du Japon », 15 novembre 2018

Lien vers le séminaire (Robert Boyer)

Que nous apprennent les économies asiatiques ?

Présentation préparée pour Les Journées d’économie, session « Y a-t-il un modèle de développement Asiatique ? », Lyon,  7 novembre 2018

Evolving Diversity and Interdependence of Capitalisms Transformations of Regional Integration in EU and Asia

Boyer Robert, Hiroyasu Uemura, Toshio Yamada, and Lei Song (Eds), Book, Part of the Evolutionary Economics and Social Complexity Science book series (EESCS, volume 11), Springer, Japan KK, part of Springer Nature 2018


This book integrates three levels of political–economic analysis: first a comparative institutional analysis of the varieties of capitalism in both Europe and Asia, second a macroeconomic analysis of industrial structural change and economic dynamics of the national economies in Europe and Asia, and then an encompassing analysis of international production linkages and international financial instability which determine the long-term patterns of regional integration in Europe and Asia. The comparison of the European Union and ASEAN delivers some key conditions for a viable long-term regional economic integration to cope with contrasted capitalisms and growth regimes: either pragmatism in the choice of an exchange rate regime, or a form of fiscal federalism. The reader will also find a genuine analysis of the dynamism of the Chinese economy, a study on institutional changes and de-industrialization in Japan, and the increasing international production linkages among China, Japan, Korea, and ASEAN. It is shown how the enlargement of the European Union and the Euro triggered the diverging competitiveness and macroeconomic performances that led to the crisis of a six decades long economic and political process. This book is the result of long lasting Asian–European collaborative research. It is a milestone in the historical and comparative analysis along the régulation theory that aims at understanding the long-run transformations, renewed diversity and interdependence of capitalisms.

L’économie des plateformes : Continuités et nouveautés

Présentation préparée pour le Séminaire du Centre Cournot «Les fondements et les enjeux de la plate-formisation de l’économie»,Maison des Sciences Economiques, Paris 8 Octobre 2018

Expectations, Narratives, and Socio-Economic Regimes

Dans Expectations, Narratives, and Socio-Economic Regimes,  Jens Beckert & Richard Bronk2018, Oxford univesity press, Oxford, Chapter 2, pages 39-61.

Do Globalization, Deregulation and Financialization Imply a Convergence of Contemporary Capitalisms?

Discussion Paper Series 2018 #09:  PAR  · PUBLIÉ  · MIS À JOUR 


Distinctive political compromises prevailed and explained various brands of capitalism observed from WWII to the early 1990s. Is this key finding by régulation research been still valid given the wide diffusion of common structural changes since the 2000s: slow productivity in the industrialized world, overwhelming impact of finance, rise of inequalities within many Nation-States in response to deregulation, social and political polarization, open conflict between capitalism and democracy, the trading place between mature and emerging economies? These stylized facts challenge most economic theories but they can be explained by an institutionalist and historical approach that also helps in redesigning a relevant macroeconomic approach. Each capitalism brand displays specific complementarities among institutional forms and their growing interactions imply more their complementarity than their frontal competition. Consequently, all capitalisms have been transformed but they do not converge towards a canonical configuration. The rise of nationalist movements may challenge the present international relations but they should not underestimate the economic and social costs of their protectionist strategy.


Entrevista a Robert BOYER

Revista Heterodoxus Año 3, Número 9, 30 août 2018  (Revue de recherche et d’analyse économique de la Faculté d’économie de l’UNAM), p. 61-68, Mexico.
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