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vol 46, no 1, spring 2016




SOME 120 DAYS LATER: EVER MORE REASONS TO BE APPREHENSIVE

Gilles Paquet









WHAT ABOUT THE EVOLUTION OF PLUTONOMY IN CANADA?

Paul Makdissi

Plutonomy refers to a characteristic of societies when much of the wealth is controlled by a minority. Paul Makdissi’s paper describes the evolution of the concentration of income in Canada. It also examines certain avenues for public policy in the face of this concentration of income and wealth.







SAINT-SIMON: GOVERNANCE INNOVATOR

Guy Stanley

This paper of Guy Stanley’s makes the case for recognizing Claude-Henri de Saint-Simon as a pioneer of industrial governance as he asserted it a duty of the state to address the systemic direction of the industrial system as a matter of pressing public interest.







TOWARD AN ANTIFRAGILE FRENCH-CANADIAN DIASPORA

Gilles Paquet

French-Canadian communities outside of Quebec have traditionally gambled on a strategy of preservation and conservation to survive. Modern thinkers have rather bet on a strategy of metamorphosis, based on a capacity to learn and progress collectively. Gilles Paquet sketches the contours of this modern strategy that aims not at resilience, but at antifragility.







LETTER FROM THE EDITOR IN CHIEF

Gilles Paquet










CAN KONDRATIEFF CYCLES GUIDE US? REFLECTIONS ON KOPALA AND BUDDEN’S THE DOG BONE PORTFOLIO

Anatole Romaniuk

Anatole Romaniuk uses the unusually interesting book by Margret Kopala and John Budden to reflect on whether or not Kondratieff cycles can be of help not only to financial experts but also to others. His wide-ranging review underlines the heuristic power of the Kopala-Budden book, and reveals the depth of critical thinking about the future of the Western world of one of Canada’s senior demographer.







ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS COLLECTIVE AND SYSTEMIC

Thomas Boisvert St-Arnaud

Thomas Boisvert St-Arnaud questions the traditional notion of entrepreneurship as unduly contaminated by the persona of the heroic, individual entrepreneur. He argues that entrepreneurship is fundamentally collective and systemic, proposes a crude model of the phenomenon, and uses it to show the dynamics of entrepreneurship in two cases. Finally, he sketches what additional work is required to develop this concept.








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