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The Politics of Global Indicators in Designing, Promoting and Legitimating the Competition State

Diego Giannone (2017)

Partizipatione et conflito 10(2), pp. 472-491

Abstract. Global indicators of state’s performance have grown exponentially over the last three decades. Issues such as economic freedom, competitiveness, property rights, business environment, credit-worthiness, democracy, governance, transparency and media freedom have become central topics of several global benchmarks focused on the evaluation of the state. The objective of this paper is to analyze the reasons behind this phenomenon, investigating the role of those global indicators in world politics and the shaping of an “ideal state”. In the first section, the study emphasizes that the global diffusion of rankings and ratings is primarily linked to the rise of neoliberalism. Drawing on Michel Foucault’s work on governmentality, global indicators are conceived as specific apparatuses of neoliberal rationality that help to conform states’ polities and policies to the twin neoliberal principles of competitiveness and entrepreneurship. The second section describes the often contradictory construction of the neoliberal com-petition state. Then the study analyzes how the neoliberal state is forged by global indicators. Specifically, the paper focuses on the Global Competitiveness Index by the World Economic Forum. The article ends with some concluding remarks on the power of global indicators and some suggestion for future research.

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The genesis of victimization surveys and of the realist-constructionist divide

Matthieu de Castelbajac (2017)

Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. 53(4), pp. 332-346

Abstract. The invention of victimization surveys is often presented as a synthesis of the two theoretical attitudes that, supposedly, dominated the 1960s debate over official crime statistics: realism and social constructionism. This paper turns this genesis story on its head. Using original archives, I argue that victimization surveys responded to organizational opportunities in the field of applied research. It was only after the fact that two of their architects seized the debate on crime measurement to broadcast their invention. In so doing they strategically recast the terms of this debate into a binary division between two antithetical social ontologies. This case is used to discuss how social scientists come to reinterpret and misunderstand their history.

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La fabrique des statistiques pénitentiaires

Anaïs Henneguelle (2017)

In: Crimicorpus. Revue hypermédia Histoire de la justice, des crimes et des peines.

Résumé. Cet article entend témoigner d’une expérience de recherche originale où l’ethnographie est venue compléter un travail économétrique. À la suite de la publication de résultats fondés sur des statistiques pénitentiaires, je cherche à comprendre comment celles-ci sont construites au quotidien dans les prisons. Pour cela, je m’appuie sur des observations ethnographiques menées dans deux maisons d’arrêt de la région parisienne, où je peux assister à la saisie de données par les greffiers pénitentiaires et étudier la fabrication ordinaire du chiffre. Cet article montre qu’il existe une importante dissonance cognitive entre les agents, qui n’évoquent jamais l’enjeu statistique de leurs activités et n’y sont pas formés, et les membres de la Direction de l’administration pénitentiaire, qui s’appuient sur ces sources pour assoir leurs connaissances des personnes incarcérées. En particulier, les variables sociodémographiques sont marginalisées dans le processus de construction des statistiques pénitentiaires, et leur utilisation par l’économètre est sujette à caution.