Reinventing Democracy: Macron’s Victory in France


Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Nye B/C, Nye Conference Center, Fifth Floor, Taubman Building

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09.20.2017 Reinventing Democracy: Macron’s Victory in France


Event Description

Join the Ash Center for a conversation with Guillaume Liegey MPA 10 and Brune Poirson MPA 17 as they discuss the reinvention of political parties in France following French president Emmanuel Macron’s historic election this year. Liegey, founder of the European political data firm Liegey Muller Pons, worked as a consultant to the Macron campaign. Poirson assumed office this summer as a member of France’s National Assembly from President Macron’s political party En Marche. Liegey and Poirson will explore how En Marche’s “listening campaign” helped turn France’s traditional political dynamic on its head and how other parties and political movements might learn from their success. Ash Center faculty affiliate Marshall Ganz will moderate. Arthur Goldhammer, senior affiliate at the Center for European Studies will serve as respondent. 

This event is cosponsored by the Center for Public Leadership, HKS Alumni Relations and Resource Development, and the Center for European Studies.

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About the Speakers

Marshall Ganz
Marshall Ganz grew up in Bakersfield, California, where his father was a Rabbi and his mother, a teacher. He entered Harvard College in the fall of 1960. He left a year before graduating to volunteer with the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project. He found a “calling” as an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and, in the fall of 1965, joined Cesar Chavez in his effort to unionize California farm workers. During 16 years with the United Farm Workers he gained experience in union, political, and community organizing, became Director of Organizing, and was elected to the national executive board on which he served for 8 years. During the 1980s, he worked with grassroots groups to develop new organizing programs and designed innovative voter mobilization strategies for local, state, and national electoral campaigns. In 1991, in order to deepen his intellectual understanding of his work, he returned to Harvard College and, after a 28-year "leave of absence," completed his undergraduate degree in history and government. He was awarded an MPA by the Kennedy School in 1993 and completed his PhD in sociology in 2000. As senior lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government, he teaches, researches, and writes on leadership, organization, and strategy in social movements, civic associations, and politics. He has published in the American Journal of Sociology, American Political Science Review, American Prospect, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. His newest book, Why David Sometimes Wins: leadership, organization and strategy in the California farm worker movement was published in 2009, earning the Michael J. Harrington Book Award of the American Political Science Association. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in divinity by the Episcopal Divinity School in 2010.
Art Goldhammer
Arthur Goldhammer is a writer, translator, and affiliate of Harvard's Center for European Studies. He has translated more than 125 books from the French, including Tocqueville's Democracy in America and Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century. He writes widely on French politics and culture for publications such as The Nation, The American Prospect, and Democracy. He serves on the editorial board of The Tocqueville Review and French Politics, Culture, and Society and holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from MIT.
Guillaume Liegey
Guillaume Liegey is the co-founder and CEO of LMP (Liegey Muller Pons), a leading European campaign technology company. LMP has developed technological solutions to analyse and influence local public opinion. Over the past four years, more than 1,000 political and business clients in 6 European countries have used LMP’s software, notably Emmanuel Macron's movement En Marche!. The company has offices in Paris, London and Berlin.
Prior to LMP, Guillaume was National Field Director for François Hollande's 2012 presidential campaign and worked for McKinsey & Company in Paris and Boston. He is a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, where he teaches a course on electoral campaigns. Guillaume is a graduate of HEC Paris and Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Brune Poirson
Brune Louise Sabine Poirson, politician, was born in Washington DC (US) on 1st September, 1982. Originally from Vaucluse, she studied at Sciences Po Aix, then at the London School of Economics (UK), and then at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (US).
She began her career in England where she worked as a Project Manager for Nesta (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). She continued her career in innovation and development in India, and then the United States. She has worked in the public (AFD), private (Veolia), and voluntary (Nesta) sectors.

Assignment Manager for NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) in London, Project Manager for the AFD (French Development Agency) (2009-2011) in India, Director of Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility for Veolia Water India (2011-2014), Researcher on social innovation and corporate social responsibility in Boston (2014-16), an elected member of the Vaucluse constituency, registered with the La République en Marche group (in 2017), Secretary of State attached to the Minister of State, and Minister of Ecological and Solidary Transition (since 2017).
Elected a member of Vaucluse’s 3rd constituency on 18th June, 2017, Brune Poirson was then appointed Secretary of State attached to the Minister of State, and Minister of Ecological and Solidary Transition on 21st June, 2017.