Statistical argument: construction, uses and controversies. Prices and purchasing power

  • Alain GélyEmail author
  • Bernard Sujobert
  • Béatrice Touchelay
Part of the Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning book series (LARI, volume 13)


Political uses of figures, whether they are statistics, accounts or those used for all sorts of classifications and evaluations, are well known. Nevertheless, there are still several avenues to be explored if we are to understand how these uses are proliferating, changing and being refined, with numbers being used to evaluate individual practices as much as public policies and to administer the apparatus of state as much as to govern populations.


Price Index Minimum Wage Trade Union Consumer Price Index Purchasing Power 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alain Gély
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bernard Sujobert
    • 1
  • Béatrice Touchelay
    • 1
  1. 1.INSEEUniversité de Lille, IRHISParis, LilleFrance

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