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Attention aux mots d’ordre ! : Éléments pour une enquête sur la signification de l’État

Abstract : The State (its nature, its meaning) is often decoded in terms of watchwords, with attention to the instructions and orientations that would turn the State into a “Welfare State”, a “Neoliberal State”, a “Police State”, or, say, a “Democratic State”. This is particularly the case in the study of transitional situations, i.e. reform or modernization of the State. But this approach also calls for attention to failures, misappropriations, ambiguities and, in short, the degree of barrenness a watchword may carry. What is a watchword, though? And how can it serve an inquiry into the meaning of the State? A few answers are offered here, based on a study on the circulation of the “government-as-a-platform” motto in France (“État plateforme”). Six aspects ought to be considered: the watchword’s ascendancy (i.e. paternity, authority), its ambivalence (semiotic indeterminacies), its carriage (infrastructure and organization), its extension (semiotic grip), its exhaustion (loss of traction), and its sedimentation (the watchword becomes a reflexive concept for political science).
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Marie Alauzen, Fabian Muniesa. Attention aux mots d’ordre ! : Éléments pour une enquête sur la signification de l’État. Tracés : Revue de Sciences Humaines, ENS Éditions, A paraître. ⟨hal-03740078⟩



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