Governance by Numbers

The Making of a Legal Model of Allegiance

By Alain Supiot

Contributions by: Saskia Brown

The West's cherished dream of social harmony is disrupting the current familiar legal frameworks-the state, democracy, and law itself. Its scientistic vision was already at work in both Taylorism and Soviet Planning, and today, with 'globalisation,' it is flourishing in the form of governance by numbers. Shunning the goal of governing by just laws, and empowered by the information and communication technologies, governance champions a new normative ideal of attaining measurable objectives. Programs supplant legislation, and governance displaces government. However, management by objectives revives forms of law typical of economic vassalage. When a person is no longer protected by a law applying equally to all, the only solution is to pledge allegiance to someone stronger than oneself. Ruling by law had already secured the principle of impersonal power but, in taking this principle to extremes, governance by numbers has paradoxically spawned a world ruled by ties of allegiance. This book is a translation of a seminal work on law and globalisation by a leading French jurist. Will be of interest to public lawyers, particularly those with an interest in globalisation, global governance, employment law, economics and political economy. (Series: Hart Studies in Comparative Public Law, Vol. 20) [Subject: Public Law, Constitutional Law, International Law, Comparative Law]


Publication Date: 11/30/2017
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781509907748


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