The Social Sciences of Quantification: From Politics of by Bruno, Jany-Catrice, Touchelay, Isabelle Bruno, Florence

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.

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The Social Sciences of Quantification: From Politics of Large Numbers to Target-Driven Policies

This booklet info how quantification can serve either as proof and as an software of presidency, even if whilst facing facts on employment, occupational health and wellbeing and fiscal governance, or whilst constructing public administration or target-driven guidelines. within the method, it provides a thought-provoking homage to Alain Desrosières, who pioneered how one can research huge numbers and the politics underlying them.

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This approach to quantification can, incidentally, be virtually duplicated in a very similar approach to modelling, as I suggested to Alain. 28 M. Armatte Desrosières’s work in recent years was centred around the publication in 2008 by the Presses des Mines of a collection of articles in two volumes, whose titles ‘Pour une sociologie historique de la quantification’ and ‘Gouverner par les nombres’ clearly reflect the two approaches that he had sought throughout his life to combine: statistics as an evidencing tool and as a tool of government.

Desrosières, A. (1997). Refléter ou instituer : l'invention des indicateurs statistiques. In Dupoirier, E. -L. (Eds), Les indicateurs socio-politiques aujourd’hui, Paris : L’Harmattan, 15-33. * Desrosières, A. (1998). The Politics of Large Numbers. A History of Statistical Reasoning, Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Desrosières, A. (1999), La commission et l’équation : une comparaison des plans français et néerlandais entre 1945 et 1980. Genèses, 34, 28-52. , & Armatte, M. (2000). Méthodes mathématiques et statistiques en économie : nouvelles questions sur d'anciennes querelles.

The presentations were, curiously, divided between two themes: the history of statistics (Porter, Didier, Amossé, Mespoulet, Berlivet, Beck and Armatte) and the history of accounting (Miller, Chiapello, Lemarchand, Godechot and Capron). This programme is testimony to Alain Desrosières’s desire to widen the scope of his research. The parallel between statistics and accounting is, after all, very tempting, by virtue in particular of their dual ability to describe and constitute an economic reality by using an equivalent (counting of individuals in the former case, counting of monetary units in the latter).

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