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PART 1: Sociology of Quantification: Alain Desrosieres's contributions Chapter 1. Introduction to the work of Alain Desrosieres: the history and sociology of quantification; Michel Armatte.- Chapter 2. Alain Desrosieres's reflexive numbers Luc Boltanski.- Chapter 3. Alain Desrosieres's spectacles: one lens realist, the other constructivist; Emmanuel Didier.- Chapter 4. From statistics to international quantification: a dialogue with Alain Desrosieres; Roser Cusso.- Chapter 5. Learning from the history of the probabilistic revolution: the French school of Alain Desrosieres; 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'; Cecile 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); Beatrice 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 Gely.- CHAPTER 14 : The quantification of the social sciences: an historical comparison; Alain Desrosieres.

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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 first book, entitled A vos marques, prets... cherchez! La strategie europeenne de Lisbonne, vers un marche de la recherche, was published in 2008. With E.Didier, she recently published Benchmarking. L'Etat sous pression statistique (Zones/La Decouverte, 2013) and they edited with T. Vitale Statactivism: Statistics and Activism in the open sociopolitical studies journal Participazione e conflitto (vol. 7, #2, 2014).Florence Jany-Catrice is a professor of economics at the University of Lille. She is the director of La Revue Francaise de Socio-economie (Decouverte and Cairn). Her research mainly focuses on economy of quality, particularly in the field of the service economy; quality of labor and employment; as well as quality of output, wealth and their measures. She has published numerous articles and books, including The New Indicators of Well-Being and Development (Palgrave McMillan) 2006, and with J. Gadrey; Les services a la personne (2009, with FX. Devetter and T. Ribault) (La Decouverte). Her lastest book is entitled La performance totale: nouvel esprit du capitalisme? (2012, Presses universitaires du Septentrion). She has also directed a special issue of the Revue Francaise de Socio-Economie (2010), Les politiques de quantification. Beatrice Touchelay is professor of economic and social contemporary history at the University of Lille Nord de France (Lille 3). She is a specialist in history of public (statistics) and private data (accounting) seen as part of the "dialogue" between state and private actors. She has recently published L'Etat et l'entreprise. Une histoire de la normalization comptable et fiscal a la francaise, Rennes, PUR, 2011 and as articles "Editorial. La statistique publique, des chiffres sans histoire ?", Revue Francaise de Socio-Economie 2/2013(n Degrees 12), p. 5---14. URL : www.cairn.info/revue---francaise-de-socio-economie-2013-2-page-5.htm; With Isabelle Chambost, "L'information economique des salaries et de leurs representants, histoire d'un enjeu de societe. Introduction", Economie et societe, serie Entreprises et finance, KF, n Degrees3, 8/2013/p. 1219-1224.

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