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Officious
Title : Officious
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ISBN : 9781785354205
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 136

In Anglo-Saxon countries there is a new and distinctive form of state: the busybody state. This state is defined by an attachment to bureaucratic procedures for their own sake: the rule for the sake of a rule; the form for the sake of a form. Its insignias are the badge, the policy, the code and the procedure. The logic of the regulation is neither to represent an elite clIn Anglo-Saxon countries there is a new and distinctive form of state: the busybody state. This state is defined by an attachment to bureaucratic procedures for their own sake: the rule for the sake of a rule; the form for the sake of a form. Its insignias are the badge, the policy, the code and the procedure. The logic of the regulation is neither to represent an elite class interest, nor to serve the public, nor even to organise social relations with the greatest efficiency as with classic bureaucracy, but rather to represent regulation itself. This book analyses the logic of the busybody state, explains its origins


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Officious Reviews

  • Christine Louis Dit Sully

    A very clear analysis of the new relationship between the state and the individual citizens. The hyper-regulation of everyday life is a very important issue which is very rarely discussed or acknowledged and this is one of the reasons this book is so important. Josie Appleton is showing that the busybody state is not representing social interests or providing services but makes up rules for the sake of rules. As she says 'The new state official and the new regulation are defined by their hostili [...]

  • Nick Lincoln

    Reads like a dissertation. Overblown and with little real insight. Disappointing.