By Bruno, Jany-Catrice, Touchelay, Isabelle Bruno, Florence Jany-Catrice, Béatrice Touchelay
This booklet info how quantification can serve either as proof and as an device of presidency, even if whilst facing data on employment, occupational healthiness and fiscal governance, or while constructing public administration or target-driven rules. within the strategy, it provides a thought-provoking homage to Alain Desrosières, who pioneered how one can research huge numbers and the politics underlying them.
It opens with a precis of Desrosières's contributions to the sphere during which a number of generations of researchers element how this statistician and historian profoundly motivated them. This tribute, in keeping with own stories, bears witness to the power of the college of concept and analytical framework Desrosières initiated. subsequent, a suite of essays explores the statistical argument within the neoliberal period, analyzing matters akin to counting the homeless in Europe, measuring the functionality of public providers, and quantifying the results of public motion at the unemployed in France.
The 3rd half info the makes use of of quantification. It unearths that even supposing facts are usually used to the benefit of these in energy, they could additionally play a necessary position in not easy and resisting either the conventions underlying the measurements in addition to the measurements themselves.Featuring the paintings of economists, historians, political scientists, sociologists, and statisticians, this name presents readers with a considerate examine an influential determine within the background of records. It additionally exhibits how data are used to direct public coverage, the measure of clash that's attainable of their creation, and the disputes which could boost round their uses.