Publication: The General Review of Public Policies in France

Odile Henry, Frédéric Pierru (ed.), « Le conseil de l’État (2) – Le « moment RGPP » », Actes de la Recherche en sciences sociales, n°194, Septembre 2012

Contents :

Les sommets très privés de l’État
Le « Club des acteurs de la modernisation » et l’hybridation des élites
Julie Gervais

« On n’y comprend rien »
Des salariés européens face à l’action des cabinets de conseil dans la réforme de l’audiovisuel public
Pierre-Emmanuel Sorignet

Le mandarin, le gestionnaire et le consultant
Le tournant néolibéral de la politique hospitalière
Frédéric Pierru

Les syndicats et l’expertise en risques psychosociaux
Note de recherche sur les années noires du management à France Télécom Orange
Odile Henry

Les comptes des générations
Les valeurs du futur et la transformation de l’État social
Yann Le Lann et Benjamin Lemoine

Hors thème :

Transformations morphologiques et mobilisations disciplinaires
Les enseignants et étudiants de l’Institut d’anglais de la Sorbonne en 1968
Christophe Gaubert et Marie-Pierre Pouly

Online version available here

Publication: Private Expertise and the State

Odile Henry, Frédéric Pierru (ed.), « Le conseil de l’État (1) – Expertise Privée et Réformes des Services Publics », Actes de la Recherche en sciences sociales, n°193, Juin 2012

Contents:

Les consultants et la réforme des services publics
Odile Henry et Frédéric Pierru

Etat, experts et savoirs néo-managériaux
Les producteurs et diffuseurs du New Public Management en France depuis les années 1970
Philippe Bezes

Un entrepreneur de réforme de l’Etat : Henri Fayol (1841-1925)
Odile Henry

Du grand soir au clair obscur
Expertise économique et privatisation bureaucratique de l’assurance maladie
Daniel Benamouzig

Du militant au manager
La trajectoire d’un syndicaliste au sein d’une entreprise publique
Sylvain Thine

Expertise, politiques publiques et économie créative : le cas britanique
Philip Schlesinger

Hors thèmes :

L’économie symbolique du capital social: Notes pour un programme de recherche
Bruno Cousin et Sébastien Chauvin

 Online version avaialable here

Book: Rule of Experts

Timothy Mitchell, Rule of Experts, Egypt, Techno-politics, Modernity, Berkeley and Los Angeles, UC Press, 2002

« Can one explain the power of global capitalism without attributing to capital a logic and coherence it does not have? Can one account for the powers of techno-science in terms that do not merely reproduce its own understanding of the world?

Rule of Experts examines these questions through a series of interrelated essays focused on Egypt in the twentieth century. These explore the way malaria, sugar cane, war, and nationalism interacted to produce the techno-politics of the modern Egyptian state; the forms of debt, discipline, and violence that founded the institution of private property; the methods of measurement, circulation, and exchange that produced the novel idea of a national « economy, » yet made its accurate representation impossible; the stereotypes and plagiarisms that created the scholarly image of the Egyptian peasant; and the interaction of social logics, horticultural imperatives, powers of desire, and political forces that turned programs of economic reform in unanticipated directions.

Mitchell is a widely known political theorist and one of the most innovative writers on the Middle East. He provides a rich examination of the forms of reason, power, and expertise that characterize contemporary politics. Together, these intellectually provocative essays will challenge a broad spectrum of readers to think harder, more critically, and more politically about history, power, and theory. »

Contents: 

« Introduction

I. Economies of Truth
1. Can the Mosquito Speak?
2. Principles True in Every Country
3. The Character of Calculability
II. Peasant Studies
4. The Invention and Reinvention of the Peasant
5. Nobody Listens to a Poor Man
6. Heritage and Violence
III. Fixing the Economy
7. The Object of Development
8. The Market’s Place
9. Dreamland

Notes
Select Bibliography »

Book Review: 

Michel Callon, « L’Égypte et les experts. Compte-rendu du Livre de Tim Mitchell, Rule of Experts », Gérer et comprendre, 86, Décembre 2006, p.83-97. URL: http://www.annales.org/gc/2006/gc86/egypte.pdf

 

 

Book: Paradox of Scientific Authority

The Paradox of Scientific Authority
The Role of Scientific Advice in Democracies
Wiebe E. Bijker, Roland Bal and Ruud Hendriks

« Today, scientific advice is asked for (and given) on questions ranging from stem-cell research to genetically modified food. And yet it often seems that the more urgently scientific advice is solicited, the more vigorously scientific authority is questioned by policy makers, stakeholders, and citizens. This book examines a paradox: how scientific advice can be influential in society even when the status of science and scientists seems to be at a low ebb. The authors do this by means of an ethnographic study of the creation of scientific authority at one of the key sites for the interaction of science, policy, and society: the scientific advisory committee.

The Paradox of Scientific Authority offers a detailed analysis of the inner workings of the influential Health Council of the Netherlands (the equivalent of the National Academy of Science in the United States), examining its societal role as well as its internal functioning and using the findings to build a theory of scientific advising. The question of scientific authority has political as well as scholarly relevance. Democratic political institutions, largely developed in the nineteenth century, lack the institutional means to address the twenty-first century’s pervasively scientific and technological culture; and science and technology studies (S&TS) grapples with the central question of how to understand the authority of science while recognizing its socially constructed nature. »

About the Authors

Wiebe E. Bijker is Professor of Technology and Society at the University of Maastricht. He is the author of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs: Toward a Theory of Sociotechnical Change (MIT Press, 1997) and other books.

Roland Bal is Professor in and Founding Chair of the Department of Healthcare Governance of the Institute of Health Policy and Management, Rotterdam.

Ruud Hendriks is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maastricht.

Interview: Wiebe Bijker

Genetically modified organism and nanotechnology

Wiebe E. Bijker, Professor, Faculty of Arts and Culture, Universiteit Maastricht, the Netherlands, was in conversation with R. Prasad on GMO and nanothechnology

http://www.im4change.org/interviews/wiebe-e-bijker-professor-faculty-of-arts-and-culture-universiteit-maastricht-the-netherlands-interviewed-by-r-prasad-5474.html

See also

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-sci-tech-and-agri/article1088455.ece