The Social Sciences Of Quantification: From Politics Of Large Numbers To Target-driven Policies by Isabelle BrunoThe Social Sciences Of Quantification: From Politics Of Large Numbers To Target-driven Policies by Isabelle Bruno

The Social Sciences Of Quantification: From Politics Of Large Numbers To Target-driven Policies

byIsabelle BrunoEditorFlorence Jany-catrice, Béatrice Touchelay

Hardcover | October 10, 2016

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This book details how quantification can serve both as evidence and as an instrument of government, whether when dealing with statistics on employment, occupational health and economic governance, or when developing public management or target-driven policies. In the process, it presents a thought-provoking homage to Alain Desrosières, who pioneered ways to study large numbers and the politics underlying them.

It opens with a summary of Desrosières's contributions to the field in which several generations of researchers detail how this statistician and historian profoundly influenced them. This tribute, based on personal testimonies, bears witness to the vitality of the school of thought and analytical framework Desrosières initiated. Next, a collection of essays explores the statistical argument in the neoliberal era, examining issues such as counting the homeless in Europe, measuring the performance of public services, and quantifying the effects of public action on the unemployed in France.

The third part details the uses of quantification. It reveals that although statistics are frequently used to the advantage of those in power, they can also play a vital role in challenging and resisting both the conventions underlying the measurements as well as the measurements themselves.
Featuring the work of economists, historians, political scientists, sociologists, and statisticians, this title provides readers with a thoughtful look at an influential figure in the history of statistics. It also shows how statistics are used to direct public policy, the degree of conflict that is possible in their production, and the disputes that can develop around their uses.
Dr. Isabelle Bruno has an M.A. in Sociology of International Relations (2001) and Ph.D. in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris (2006). She is an associate professor at the University Lille 2 (France), where she is a member of the Lille Centre for European Research on Administration, Politics and Society (CERAPS, CNRS/Lille 2). Her...
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Title:The Social Sciences Of Quantification: From Politics Of Large Numbers To Target-driven PoliciesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:204 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.25 inPublished:October 10, 2016Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319439995

ISBN - 13:9783319439990

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PART 1: Sociology of Quantification: Alain Desrosières's contributions Chapter 1. Introduction to the work of Alain Desrosières: the history and  sociology of quantification; Michel Armatte.- Chapter 2. Alain Desrosières's reflexive numbers Luc Boltanski.- Chapter 3. Alain Desrosières's spectacles: one lens realist, the other constructivist; Emmanuel Didier.- Chapter 4. From statistics to international quantification: a dialogue with Alain Desrosières; Roser Cussó.- Chapter 5. Learning from the history of the probabilistic revolution: the French school of Alain Desrosières; Fabrice Bardet PART 2. THE STATISTICAL ARGUMENT IN THE NEOLIBERAL ERA CHAPTER 6. Quantifying the effects of public action on the unemployed: disputes between experts and the rethinking of labour market policies in France (1980-2000); Etienne Penissat.- CHAPTER 7. Counting the homeless in Europe: 'compare before harmonising'; Cécile Brousse.- CHAPTER 8. The statistical backbone of the new European economic governance: the Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure Scoreboard; Gilles Raveaud.- CHAPTER 9. Evaluating public policies or measuring the performance of public services?; Florence Jany-Catrice PART 3 : USES OF QUANTIFICATION : POWER AND RESISTANCE CHAPTER 10. Private accounting, statistics and national accounting in France: a unique relationship (1920-1960s); Béatrice Touchelay.- CHAPTER 11: Figures for what purposes? The issues at stake in the struggles to define and control the uses of statistics; Marion Gilles.- CHAPTER 12 : The uses of quantification: power and resistance. The example of unemployment statistics.- Chapter 13 : Statistical argument: construction, uses and controversies Prices and purchasing power; Alain Gély.- CHAPTER 14 : The quantification of the social sciences: an historical comparison; Alain Desrosières.