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About Lorenzo Fioramonti

Lorenzo Fioramonti is Director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation and author of How Numbers Rule the World: The Use and Abuse of Statistics in Global Politics (Zed Books, 2014) 

Articles by Lorenzo Fioramonti

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

How complementary currencies can save Europe

The Eurozone — "flawed at birth" — is failing its member states. As paper money declines in importance, it must embrace the digital revolution.

The BRICS of collapse? Why emerging economies need a different development model

They have pursued GDP growth with little or no investment in human, social and natural capital. This does not bode well for the future of the world economy.

GDP turns 80. Time to retire!

As GDP systematically disregards key sectors in the economy and neglects critical costs, no reasonable businessman would use it to run a company.

The politics of numbers in the age of austerity

The inherent power of numbers explains why all sorts of data, good or bad, can become a potent weapon to shape complacency and subservience in society.

Rebuilding regions in times of crises: the future of Europe and the ‘voice’ of citizens

Crises, like those gripping Europe, tend to expose the process and practice of regional governance as technocratic and elite-driven. But citizens and civil society may well demand more voice and power, in a 'politicisation' of regions.

Financial watchdog: a move in the right direction

The formation of Finance Watch in Brussels may represent the first baby steps towards a body with the knowledge, reputation and muscle to hold the financial sector to account.

A civil society watchdog for financial markets: where private foundations stand

One might have expected charitable foundations - the financial muscle behind many civil society initiatives - to be keen to support pressure groups or policy research bodies concerned with financial markets structures and players. But the authors have found only weak evidence that foundations really want to engage with the issues and much caution about doing so. The challenge is there, however: formulate a vision and write a plan and the money might, just, be available.

How billionaires can help the world

The Giving Pledge promoted by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett is a huge commitment of funds by the super-rich to philanthropic ends. At its core is a view that business, however conducted, is just a means to an end, the source of money to be distributed to good causes by wealthy elites. Business leaders would do well to apply their zeal and skills to reforming the objectives and operations of their vast engines of wealth.

The financial sector needs a civil society watchdog

Non-profits have suffered in the financial crisis no less than their counterparts in the private and public sectors. But could this be a 'Greenpeace moment': might philanthropic foundations support the creation of a civil society conscience for international finance?

The Gross Domestic Problem

Measuring activity better than GDP does is good but is no panacea
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