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Vincent Dubois analyzes the reception of his book on the bureaucracy of welfare in France. The national context of the social sciences is important to take into consideration insofar as it is characterized on the one hand by the public funding of most scientific programs, with institutions defining issues but guaranteeing the autonomy of the researcher, and on the other by a certain porosity between the academic domain and the public sphere, with scholars commonly writing opinion pieces for newspapers. The interactions developed with the agents of the organizations were therefore based on mutual acknowledgment of the expectations and limits...

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