2
Nov

Rousseff Elected Brazil’s First Female President

Written on November 2, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in Americas, Democracy & Human Rights, News

Dilma Rousseff after voting on Sunday in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Dilma Rousseff was elected the country’s first female president on Sunday, as Brazilians voted strongly in favor of continuing the economic and social policies of the popular president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Ms. Rousseff, who served as Mr. da Silva’s chief of staff and energy minister, joins a growing wave of democratically elected female leaders in the region and the world in the past five years, including Michelle Bachelet in Chile, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in Argentina and Angela Merkel in Germany.

Ms. Rousseff, 62, defeated José Serra, the former governor of São Paulo, with 56 percent of the vote to 44 percent, official numbers showed. Read more…

As published in www.times.com
2
Nov

Interview with MIR Professor José Ramón Montero

Written on November 2, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in Democracy & Human Rights, Middle East, Video

 

The IE School of Arts and Humanities talked to Professor José Ramón Montero about democracy, elections, and voting behavior in Iran.

29
Oct

Argentine Government Pays Tribute to Former President Kirchner

Written on October 29, 2010 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Americas, Democracy & Human Rights, News

27
Oct
by Gaudenz Assenza (Professor at IE School of Arts and Humanities)

For many years, our economic system rewarded those who said, “I want, give me” while ignoring others who practiced the idea “I have, let’s share”. But with the economic crisis, the momentum of self-interest has begun to wear out. Greed, frivolity and hedonism are increasingly out of fashion. Instead, more people are rediscovering the beauty of slowness, enjoying family, friends, hobbies, spending time in nature — all those things that are neglected when work is the priority. The slowdown was not just about the economy; it reflected a broader shift in values. Realizing that life has more to offer than a fat bank account, fewer people are willing to work 12 or 16 hours a day in the pursuit of a career.

If we look underneath the recent hype and anxiety, the message of the crisis is clear: slow down, reflect and reconnect with who you truly are and what you really want to do. If we disregard these signals — if instead of slowing down we try to accelerate — we do so at the risk of a more drastic slowdown in the future. If we decide we want more of the same, we may get it at the cost of sacrificing our health and our relationships. Phenomena such as burnout, depression and nervous breakdown are not confined to people on the fast track. But if those on the fast track change their ways, they help themselves and others who are dependent on them.

Wise business leaders do not pressure subordinates to accelerate; they form environments where people can thrive and be creative. Instead of installing more controls in an attempt to speed up and achieve unrealistic profit targets, leaders can focus their ingenuity on ways of releasing the power of free will and self determination. If leaders do not learn fast, subordinates may fail to respond, numbed by the proliferation of incentives and punishments imposed from above. Efforts of performance maximization and crowd control are losing their edge. Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Speed is irrelevant if you are moving in the wrong direction.”

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21
Oct

by Riordan Roett (Professor at IE school of Arts and Humanities)

Latin America is deeply divided in terms of development models.  Countries that experienced social and economic crises in the last twenty years have chosen to ignore globalization and opt for inward looking and, ultimately, costly approaches to development.  That collection of “misguided” regime on the Left include Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Argentina, among others.  The countries that have chosen to undertake a careful, sequenced approach to economic – and social – development are benefitting from a decade or so of good governance.  These countries are best exemplified by Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Uruguay.

The states on the misguided Left first experienced a brief period of programs that attempted to address the growing challenges of productivity and competitiveness.  The governments that attempted to implement these programs ultimately failed and were forced from power or were defeated at the ballot box.  The future for this group of countries is unpromising.  Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is low or practically nonexistent.  These have done little to add value to their traditional exports.  Human capital development has suffered.  And the political leaders of these countries practice a bombastic populist style of government that chooses to ignore the realities of globalization…

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