5. “The well-ordered police state”

  • Cameralism and Poliseiwissenschaft in Germanic Europe.
  • The idea of welfare, public administration, and rights.
  • Enlightened absolutism. French etatism.
  • Governmentality.
  • Non-European comparisons.


Additional readings:

  • Thomas More, Utopia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • Andre Wakefield, “Bad Cameralists and Disordered Police States,” The Disordered Police State: German Cameralism as Science and Practice. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.
  • Jeffreys, Elaine, ed. China’s Governmentalities: Governing Change, Changing Government. Routledge, 2009.
  • Elizabethan laws.”

Seminar notes: