Julia Cagé is co-director of the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP)’s “Evaluation of Democracy” research group. She is a Board member of the Agence France Presse (third largest international news agency in the world), and the recipient of a starting grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for a five-year project on “Campaign finance, Information and Influence: A Comprehensive Approach Using Individual-Level Data and Computer Sciences Tools” (PARTICIPATE).
She completed her PhD at Harvard University in 2014. She is particularly interested in media economics, political participation and political attitudes. Her work has been published in leading journals in Economics, including the Review of Economics Studies, the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, the Journal of International Economics, the Journal of Public Economics, the European Economic Review, and Explorations in Economic History, as well as in several handbook chapters.
She has already authored three books on the media: Saving the Media. Capitalism, Crowdfunding and Democracy, Paris, Le Seuil, 2015, translated in eleven different languages (English translation: Harvard University Press, 2016), L’Information à tout prix (with Nicolas Hervé and Marie-Luce Viaud, INA Editions, 2017), and L’information est un bien public. Refonder la propriété des médias (with Benoît Huet, Le Seuil, 2020). Saving the Media was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Best Book on Media of the 2016 edition of the “Prix des Assises du Journalisme”.
In Le prix de la démocratie (Paris, Fayard, 2018) (The Price of Democracy, Harvard University Press, 2020), she scrutinizes contemporary democracy and proposes radical new solutions for political funding. This book was awarded a “Prix Ethique” by Anticor, an association that combats corruption and helps restore ethics in politics, and the “Prix Pétrarque de l’Essai France Culture-Le Monde”.
Julia Cagé’s work should be read by all social democrats – if there are any left. Her extraordinary book, The Price of Democracy, is not just a work of lazy deconstruction of predatory capitalism: it puts the financial responsibility for democracy – and for social and environmental justice - squarely in the hands of citizens, says Nina Witoszek, director of the Arne Næss Programme at SUM, UiO.
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