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The ‘basic income’ is in the spotlight: as an answer to technology that destroys jobs, as a method for creating more opportunities and less poverty, or as an alternative to the welfare state. This book offers a down-to-earth and critical analysis of what has become a real fashion phenomenon in the meantime. It contests both the desirability and the feasibility of a basic income.…
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Family businesses are responsible for most of the employment and value creation in our country. They are all too often equated with SMEs, but family businesses can range from one-man businesses to multinationals. A report from Visiting Fellows Karel Volckaert and Michele Cincera.
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Brussels is like a pressure cooker: the pressure is building. Can the policy of the Brussels institutions stand up to today’s challenges? In an analysis based partly on talks with those involved, authors Professor Jean Hindriks and Joël Van Cauter take stock. We can detect some basic elements of good administration in the management of the Brussels institutions, but there is plenty of room f…
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Itinera highlights the international indexes that are published by institutions such as the World Bank, the World Economic Forum or the OECD, ranking the performance of countries in various fields. They quantify the performance of governments on an evidence-based basis. You can find 30 of these indexes here.
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What if inequality represented an opportunity for the world today, an incentive to climb the social ladder, a return to a freer and fairer society? Such is the original and audacious hypothesis put forward by Marc De Vos in his book « Les Vertus de l’inégalité » (The Merits of Inequality). Marc De Vos challenges the analyses of Piketty, Stiglitz (Nobel Prize winner) and the propone…
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Will the lights stay on if we close the nuclear power plants? What are the ecological and financial consequences of renouncing nuclear power? Are subsidies necessary to attract investment to replacement capacity? Does a significant increase in electricity imports offer the simplest solution? Or should we just manage the demand side more intelligently? And what opportunities are offered by elect…
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The book ‘The successful school” offers a thorough, objective and clear view of French-speaking and Dutch-speaking education in our country. It is distinguished by its economic perspective on education, and taking recent figures and facts as a starting point. In a context of increasing heterogeneity in the pupil population, the book focuses on the dual task of education: excellence a…
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Madrid, London, Paris … and our own capital, March 22 2016 – the attacks in the heart of Belgium and Europe. The security is armed and we will claim for the first time again on “values” in a long time, in the tradition of the Enlightenment and ‘modernity’. Few appoint the principles of the great enlightened thinkers and the significance they have today for mo…
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Foreign fighters in Syria are all over the news. 2015 is already the year of terror in Europe. The attacks in Paris, Copenhagen and the deadly raid in Verviers have been a wake-up call for everyone. What is radicalism and how does it differ from extremism and terrorism? Is Islam to blame? Should we be afraid? And most importantly: what can we do to stop radicalism and terrorism? Bilal Beny…
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In this new publication, Bilal Benyaich and a number of Belgian and international thinkers and doers offer an open reflection on some important dimensions of the migration and integration issue. With this book, Itinera makes a case for a holistic approach to this topic.
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