Power to the people: Citizens should soon have more voice to sway policy
HEC Paris professor Alberto Alemanno says civic movements like ‘Nuit Debout’ are good for democracy but, in order to have their voice truly heard, need a professional leg-up in the form of citizen lobbying. An organization he is involved in and a book he is writing aim to pair up experts with NGOs to help them act as a counterweight to big business lobbying.
Tax havens: a characterization essay
“No more tax havens!” was the declaration made in September 2009 by Nicolas Sarkozy, at the time President of the French Republic. Specialists on the issue were largely skeptical, because the concrete measures proposed were somewhat weak. More than five years on and the issue has changed considerably, with a notable acceleration over the past few months in a two-pronged movement towards concerted initiatives by industrialized countries (G20, OECD, the European Commission etc.) on one hand and startling revelations by whistleblowers on the other.