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Officious

Officious

Anatomy of the new breed of state regulation colonising everyday life.

Officious

Anatomy of the new breed of state regulation colonising everyday life.

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Dec 9, 2016
978-1-78535-420-5

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Civil rights, Libertarianism, Social theory

Synopsis

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 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, and calls for a popular alliance defending the free realm of civil society.

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