five: 12 JANUARY 1972

  • Graham Burchell
Part of the Michel Foucault, Lectures at the Collège de France book series (MFL)


I. Entry of the civil power into Rouen and formation of the visible body of the State. ~ The Chancellor goes beyond the traditional judicial rules and unites the orders of justice and military force: the State takes on a repressive power. ~ Appearance of that third purely repressive function of the State assured, independently of the King, by the Chancellor (member of the King’s Council). Replacement of royal power and the absent king by a visible body of the State. The fiscal apparatus is doubled by a repressive apparatus. II. New forms of control without new institutions. ~ Questioning of local authorities: provisional suspensions. Provisional replacement of local institutions by commissioners. ~ Military measures and system of tax penalties in order to bind the privileged to their engagement. All in all, an unstable system of control which still depends upon feudal structures, anticipating the creation of a specialized repressive State apparatus.


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  • Graham Burchell
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