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Comment se font les administrations : Analyser des actes administratifs constituants

Abstract : Between studies in historical sociology on changes in public administrations and microsociological analyses of the ordinary work done by civil servants, an intermediate perspective is advocated, one centered on “constituent administrative activities”. Following a panorama of the varied researches on public administrations, the proposal is made to focus on the arrangements that shape administrations and form their essential operations. Recruitment, personnel evaluation, the division of labor, the restructuring of hierarchies and the activities of keeping written records and statistics (writing and counting) should be the subjects of study. When placed in their historical and social contexts, they help us better understand how public administrations last and change. Discussing the scale of analysis and making comparisons over time and in space, this article presents the other contributions to this special issue. Less linear approaches are suggested for analyzing the historical processes of the “bureaucratization” and “managerialization” of administrative systems.
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Philippe Bezes, Odile Join-Lambert. Comment se font les administrations : Analyser des actes administratifs constituants. Sociologie du Travail, Association pour le développement de la sociologie du travail, 2010, 52 (2), pp.133 - 150. ⟨hal-01338513⟩

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