Francois Bourguignon. By (Professor at the Paris School of Economics, columnist of “Les Echos”)
The election debate is now behind us. But one may wonder whether the catastrophic economic debate that we have seen, particularly the wide but, in many ways, grossly unrealistic programs and, conversely, the virtual absence of programs, did not play a part in the surprising results of this election. . Deprived of a solid base, hasn’t this discouraged some voters and inspired others to vote often depending on their mood?
One experience from which the French political environment may perhaps draw inspiration in the future is that of the Netherlands, where the Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis (CPB, formerly the Central Planning Bureau), an official think-tank independent, though financed by the Ministry. The economy proceeds to a comparative examination of the programs of the parties before any election which seek the results and publicize it widely. In 2021, ten parties submitted their schedule for the 2022–2025 mandate to the examination of the CPB, which published their findings as a series of comparative graphs fifteen days before the election.
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