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L'Etat totalitaire en action. Les politiques du logement en RDA (1945-1989)

Abstract : Since 1989, the historiography of the political system of the GDR has been dominated by the return of the totalitarian paradigm which has placed the Party, the repressive organs and ideology at the core of the analysis. In my study of housing policy, I sought to examine the possibility of analyzing this political and administrative field by using the tools forged in other contexts to study public action and the sociology of the State. In the first part of the thesis, we analyzed the successive changes in housing construction policies as a field in which a network of specialized Party and State officials played a central role in defining policy alternatives through their intellectual and technical investments. In the second part, the emphasis was placed on the regulation of access to housing, a policy area which did not give rise to a specialized bureaucracy or network of actors at the central State level. The regulation in this policy area was outlined in a decree of 1955 which institutionalized a plurality of means of access to housing and principals of distribution of scarce resources. In this part, we studied in particular the capacity of statistical and bureaucratic categories as well as written norms to structure the relationship between central and peripheral authorities. In the last part, we studied the transactions between peripheral institutions as a partially autonomous dynamic powered by strategies of resource maximization in their relationship with the central State and Party machinery as well as the pressures and strategies of ordinary citizens seeking more adequate housing.
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Jay Rowell. L'Etat totalitaire en action. Les politiques du logement en RDA (1945-1989). Science politique. Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), 2001. Français. ⟨tel-00103398⟩



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