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Faire l’histoire des États en comptant leurs fonctionnaires

Abstract : "Measurement" and " civil service": for those who regularly read the general press or election campaign arguments, these are two terms that seem made for each other. This is because, among the many preconceived ideas about the functioning of states and their administrations, the inevitable plethora of civil servants occupies a prominent place in the media and political fields. The contrast is striking between, on the one hand, the multiplication of comparative arguments (whether simply peremptory or truly manipulative) and, on the other, the small number of empirical and comparative works devoted to the history of the development of the public service. This introduction proposes some historiographical hypotheses to explain this discrepancy and outlines some avenues to try to bridge it. [Issue XXXV-2, 2020 published in June 2021]
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Émilien Ruiz. Faire l’histoire des États en comptant leurs fonctionnaires. Histoire & Mesure, EHESS, 2021, XXXV (2), pp.3 - 18. ⟨10.4000/histoiremesure.13499⟩. ⟨hal-03260686⟩

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