Dynamika států

Návrhy na ekonomickou reformu v kontinentální Evropě se objevují znovu a znovu. Proces jejich výběru však nepředstavuje ani tak jednotnou a vyargumentovanou debatu jako spíše probíhající politickou aukci, při níž obhájci partikulárních zájmů usilují o hlasy pro takovou změnu politiky, z níž budou mít prospěch.

Někteří lidé tvrdí, že překážkou dobře fungující ekonomiky je přebujelý sociální stát v kontinentální Evropě, a řešení spatřují v seškrtání výdajů, které by mělo začít zvýšením věkové hranice pro odchod do důchodu. Podle jiných je brzdou celý přehnaně velký veřejný sektor a řešení spočívá ve snížení daňových sazeb. Nejnovější pohled, k němuž se hlásí i Evropská komise, pak uvádí jako viníka nedostatečnou infrastrukturu a navrhuje vybudování většího počtu mostů a tunelů.

Takový přístup však nikdy nepronikne k jádru věci. Hlavní sociální hodnoty Západu činí z vysoké hospodářské výkonnosti morální imperativ podobný svobodě projevu nebo soudu s porotou. Evropa bude navíc bezpochyby muset transformovat své ekonomické instituce, mají-li v ní vzniknout vysoce výkonné ekonomiky. Dosažení široké shody na těchto změnách přitom vyžaduje řešení některých základních otázek, jež byly až dosud opomíjeny.

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