To mark the publication of Julia Cagé and Thomas Piketty’s new book Une Histoire du Conflit Politique – Elections et Inégalités Sociales en France (1789-2022), the World Inequality Lab organized a conference on Monday 18 September 2023 at the Paris School of Economics, in partnership with PSE and Editions du Seuil.


Une Histoire du Conflit cover pageBook summary

Who votes for whom and why? How has the social structure of the electorates of the various political currents in France changed between 1789 and 2022? Based on an unprecedented digitisation of electoral and socio-economic data from France’s 36,000 communes spanning more than two centuries, this book offers a history of voting and inequalities based on the French laboratory.

Julia Cagé is a professor at Sciences Po Paris and winner of the Prix du meilleur jeune économiste (2023).

Thomas Piketty is Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and Professor at the Paris School of Economics.



Practical information

📅 Monday 18 September 2023, 5pm-6.30pm (CET)

4.30pm Doors open (for a guaranteed place)

5pm Presentation of the book and Q&A

6.30pm-7pm Book signing


📍 Paris School of Economics (amphitheatre), 48 Boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris



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