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Book Launch and Presentation

Book Launch | Portugal: Liberty and Hope, by Joaquim Miranda Sarmento

30 Jun from 18:00 to 19:00
Aud. CGD & Online

The launch of the new book by Professor Joaquim Miranda Sarmento, Portugal: Liberty and Hope, published by Bertrand, will take place on the 30th of June, at 18.00, in the CGD Auditorium of ISEG.

The event will count with the presence of the Dean of ISEG, Professor Clara Raposo, who will deliver the opening address, as well as that of Nuno Amado and Paulo Portas, who will present the work, and also Rui Rio, who will deliver the closing address.

Limited seating is available. Admission is subject to pre-enrolment by email:, by the 23rd of June.

The event will be live streamed on this link.

We all lead our lives inspired by an implicit commandment: “You shall give to your children more and better than that which you received from your parents.” This commandment reflects the real economic and social progress that we desire. During the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, Portugal grew faster than the European average and seemed to be on the right track, however, since the beginning of the 21st century, the country has stagnated and is starting to draw apart, falling behind to the tail of Europe. This stagnation is based on the adoption of a profoundly incorrect societal and economic model, which needs to be changed, or else Portugal will continue to experience another 20 to 30 years of stagnation and poverty.

To understand Portugal and the reasons why it is lagging behind at the tail of Europe, there is a need to carry out a proper diagnosis and to understand in depth the causes of poverty in the country, which is why this book starts by diagnosing the country’s «Achilles heel» – an economy and society which are by no means free, neither competitive – and then goes on to identify their main causes and consequences.

To rescue Portugal from this apparent curse, Joaquim Miranda Sarmento advocates acting along four main axes: reform of institutions, valorisation of human capital, improvement of the economy’s competitiveness, and confronting the demographic problem. A bold, human, and urgent political plan is required, which is described in the work with fluidity and detail. The book is essential for those who haven’t given up on thinking of Portugal.