The price of democracy

Joint seminar LIEPP / EAP, September 26th 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm
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LIEPP and School of Public Affairs of Sciences Po are pleased to invite you to the seminar around the Julia Cagé's new book: 

The price of democracy

 Wednesday, September 26th 2018
05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Amphi Leroy Beaulieu
27 rue Saint Guillaume, 75007 Paris 

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Julia Cagé
Assistant Professor - Department of Economics at Sciences Po,
Co-director of LIEPP's Evaluation of democracy research group

Le prix de la démocratie, Julia Cagé, Fayard, 2018.


One person, one voice: democracy is based on a promise of equality that too often comes crashing down on the wall of money. Financing campaigns, donations to political parties, taking control of the media: for decades, the democracy is increasingly captured by private interests.

Based on an unprecedented study of private and public political financing in a dozen countries over more than fifty years, Julia Cagé studies the state of democracy, dissects national models, and narrates attempts - often unsuccessful, but always instructive - regulating the relationship between money and politics.

In the United States, where all the regulation of democracy has been swept away by ideology, the political staff no longer responds to the preferences of the most favored. In France, the state has put in place a system of tax reductions allowing the richest to be reimbursed the bulk of their donations to political parties, while the poorest, they pay full price.

These drifts do not come from a conspicuously orchestrated plot but from our collective lack of involvement. The question of the financing of democracy has never really been raised; that of the representation of the popular classes must be on a more radical mode. To break the impasse, here are proposals that revolutionize the way of thinking politics and innovative reforms for a new democracy.


Martial Foucault, Professor of Political Science at Sciences Po, Director of CEVIPOF

Bastien François, Professor of Political Science at Paris 1 University - Panthéon Sorbonne, CESSP


See the video presenting the book "The price of démocracy" with Julia Cagé:

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Read the interview of Julia Cagé [in French].

Media covarge

2nd Interdisciplinary Corruption Research (ICR) Forum

June 15-16 2017, Sciences Po, Paris
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The Second Interdisciplinary Corruption Research (ICR) Forum “How to conceptualize corruption? Understanding corruption to design effective policies” aims to bring together international young researchers working in the field of (anti-)corruption. Keynote speeches, workshops and presentations focus on the conceptualization and theoretical underpinnings of anti-corruption policies.

The ICRForum 2017 offer room for exchange and new ideas on how corruption definitions change across time and space. These discussions combine theoretical and empirical efforts to conceptualize specific occurrences of corruption, such as systemic corruption or political corruption etc., and empirical work aiming to identify the roots of the problem. Furthermore, based on this jointly elaborated understanding of corruption, we seek to propose improvements for existing anti-corruption policies and develop ideas on new anti-corruption strategies.

More information about the conference on United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) website : 

"Conceptualizing corruption to design effective policies: how education is key to tackling crime"


Thursday, June 15th 2017

09:00 – 09:30 Registration and coffee 

09:30 – 10:30  Welcome note from the ICRNetwork, LIEPP and UNODC representatives 

10:30 – 12:30 Workshop session I

  1. The Role of Data: How Can Indicators Be Useful for Combatting Corruption?
  2. The Impact of International Assistance on Domestic Anti-Corruption Strategies
  3. How to Successfully Implement International Legal Norms in National AntiCorruption Contexts
  4. Corruption and the Impact of Democracy (authors' workshop) 

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:30 Workshop session II

  1. Historical Roots of Corruption
  2. Conceptualizing Corruption in Fragile States
  3. The Importance of Social Norms in Designing Anti-Corruption Mechanisms
  4. Corruption and the Role of Law (authors' workshop) 

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break 

16:00 – 18:00 Keynote speeches

  1. Kath Hall, Australian National University: "Don't forget the Whistleblower: Challenges in Regulating for the Reporting of Corruption"
  2. Julio Bacio-Terracino, OECD

Friday, June 15th 2017

09:00 – 10:00 Keynote speech : Paul Heywood, University of Nottingham: "Rethinking Corruption: Hocus-Pocus, Locus and Focus"

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 – 12:30 Workshop session III

  1. Corruption in Public Administration
  2. Compliance, Competition and Corruption: Private-Sector Perspectives
  3. Anti-Corruption Policies and Practices in Post-Soviet and Eastern European States
  4. Corruption and Norms: Why informal rules matter (authors' workshop)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Keynote speech : Matthew Stephenson, Harvard University: "Scattered Thoughts and Musings on the Future of Anticorruption Research"

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00 Plenary session: Education for Justice (E4J) Initiative, UNODC Ronan O'Laoire, UNODC, Oksana Huss, University of Duisburg-Essen, Nils Köbis, University of Amsterdam, Matthew Ayibakuro, University of Birmingham, Roxana Bratu, University College London, Elitza Katzarova, University of Braunschweig, Oksana Nesterenko, Anti-Corruption Research and Education Centre, Muriel Poisson, International Institute for Educational Planning-UNESCO, Laras Susanti, Universitas Gadjah Mada

17:00-17:30 Closing

More information on the research project and the Evaluation of LIEPP's Democracy research group

Impromptu : discussion around the book "Pourquoi détestons-nous autant nos politiques"

Seminar organised by LIEPP-Maxpo-CEE, March 22nd 2017 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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LIEPPle MaxPo and CEE organize an event “Impromptu” : un débat autour du livre d'Emiliano Grossman et Nicolas Sauger, “Pourquoi détestons-nous autant nos politiques ?

Wednesday March 22nd 2017, 16:30 - 18:00

Salle de séminaire du LIEPP conference room

254 boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007 Paris

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Discutants : 

  • Anne Levade (Professeure de droit public à l'Université Paris Est)
  • Gérard Grunberg (Directeur de recherche au CNRS émérite, Centre d'études européennes-Sciences Po)


Approaches to Understanding the Quality of Legislation

Seminar with Dr. Ruth Dixon, Thursday March 23rd 2017 6 pm - 8 pm
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Approaches to Understanding the Quality of Legislation

LIEPP's Evaluation of Democracy Research Group and médialab, are glad to invite you to the seminar with Dr. Ruth Dixon :

Thursday March 23rd 2017, 6 pm - 8 pm

Room médialab, 13 rue de l'Université, 75007 

Entry is free with limited seatings

Please click on the link below to register




The legislation of a country underpins its efforts to support the rule of law. The body of legislation should therefore be fit for this purpose, conforming as far as possible to theoretical principles of ‘good’ legislation. But there have been few empirical studies of objective qualities of legislation. In this presentation I explore some ways of addressing this question and describe a novel approach. 

One approach is to look at the language of legislation (e.g. Williams, 2016) and another is to look at the extent to which the legislation itself gives rise to litigation, for instance via judicial review. A third approach is to focus on the parliamentary process itself. In our study of the changing face of UK government (Hood and Dixon, 2015), Christopher Hood and I assembled qualitative and quantitative evidence of how the process of legislation changed over the past thirty to forty years in the UK, and assessed whether those changes tended to support the production of ‘good legislation.’ 

One aspect of that study was to measure how often laws are amended as they pass through the parliamentary process. We reasoned that if legislation is presented to Parliament in an incomplete or unsatisfactory state, a large number of late-stage amendments will be needed to ‘repair’ the legislation, to the detriment of fully informed scrutiny by legislators. For that study, we were only able to count by hand the amendments to a limited number of laws. In extending that study I developed, with Jonathan Jones, a semi-automated method for quantifying legislative amendments (outlined in Dixon, 2016). In this presentation I will describe the development of that methodology and our preliminary results.


Dr Ruth Dixon is a researcher at the Blavatnik School of Government and an associate member of the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. Her early career was in the life sciences. From 1992 to 2001 she was a senior scientist and University Research Lecturer at the MRC Biochemical and Clinical Magnetic Resonance Unit, University of Oxford. After a career break, Ruth worked from 2006 to 2013 at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, funded by the ESRC and the Leverhulme Trust. Ruth studies aspects of British public administration, and her recent book with Christopher Hood, A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less? Evaluating Three Decades of Reform and Change in UK Central Government, (Oxford University Press, 2015), won the 2015 Louis Brownlow Book Award from the American National Academy of Public Administration, and the 2016 W.J.M. MacKenzie Book Prize from the Political Studies Association.

Réévaluer le Parlement ? La révision constitutionnelle du 23 juillet 2008 à l’épreuve du temps

Workshop on Friday December 16th 2016
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Réévaluer le Parlement ? La révision constitutionnelle du 23 juillet 2008

à l’épreuve du temps

L'axe "Evaluation de la démocratie" du LIEPP a le plaisir de vous convier à cette journée d'étude le :

Vendredi 16 décembre 2016, 9h30 -12h30

Salle de séminaire du LIEPP

1er étage, 254 boulevard Saint Germain, 75007 Paris

Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles.

Inscription obligatoire. 

Merci de vous inscrire en cliquant sur le lien suivant.

Retrouvez le Working Paper du LIEPP sur l’évaluation de la révision constitutionnelle de 2008.


Présentation :

La révision constitutionnelle fut, quantitativement, la plus importante de l’histoire de la Ve République avec la modification de plus de la moitié des articles de la Constitution. Pourtant, cette réforme n’a pas modifié les fondamentaux du régime : élection directe du Président, pouvoirs du Président vis-à-vis du Premier ministre et de l’Assemblée nationale, responsabilité parlementaire du gouvernement. Par ailleurs, un aperçu rapide des mesures phares de cette réforme permet de saisir son caractère contradictoire : extension du droit du Parlement s’agissant de la procédure législative ou du contrôle des nominations mais limitation inédite des capacités d’obstruction de l’opposition. Aussi l’évaluation de l’impact de cette réforme s’impose-t-elle en 2015, alors qu’une alternance a permis d’en éprouver la pratique.

Cette journée d'étude présentera l'évaluation de la révision constitutionnelle des points de vue interdisciplinaire des politistes, juristes et les praticiens alliant une diversité de méthodologies. 

Organisation : Guillaume TUSSEAU & Olivier ROZENBERG

Consultez le programme de la journée.