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Villes sous contrôle. Parlements français, chancelleries espagnoles et ordre public à l’époque moderne : une étude comparative

Lourdes Amigo Vázquez, Villes sous contrôle. Parlements français, chancelleries espagnoles et ordre public à l’époque moderne : une étude comparative, FMSH-WP-2018-134, mars 2018

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L’étude des monarchies française et espagnole pendant l’époque moderne est riche en possibles éléments de comparaison. Dans le domaine de l’administration provinciale les similitudes ne manquent pas entre d’une part Parlements et Conseils Souverains en France et d’autre part Chancelleries et Audiences en Castille. Il est certain que le pouvoir politique des Parlements fut supérieur à celui des Chancelleries mais les uns et les autres étaient à la fois des tribunaux supérieurs de justice et des institutions aux vastes attributions administratives. Leurs compétences étaient considérables dans leurs villes de résidence, où l’un de leurs principaux domaines d’activité était l’ordre public. Par ce biais les cours disposaient de puissants mécanismes de domination politique et de maintien de l’ordre social.

L’auteur

Lourdes Amigo est docteure en histoire de l’Université de Valladolid et spécialiste de l’Époque Moderne. Ses axes principaux de recherche sont d’une part, la fête, la religiosité collective et la représentation du pouvoir et de l’autre, la justice, l’ordre public et la police. Une bourse postdoctorale Fernand Braudel au Centre de Recherches Historiques de Paris lui a permis de développer de nouvelles perspectives quant à ce deuxième axe. Dans sa bibliographie figurent en particulier : ¡A la plaza! Regocijos taurinos en el Valladolid de los siglos XVII y XVIII, Séville, 2010 ; « Valladolid sede de la Justicia. Los alcaldes del crimen durante el Antiguo
Régimen », Chronica Nova, 37 (2011), p. 41-68; Epifanía del poder regio. La Real Chancillería en el Valladolid festivo (siglos XVII y XVIII), Valladolid, 2013.

Le texte

L’auteur a bénéficié d’une bourse Fernand Braudel IFER en 2013-2014.

Abstract

The study of the French and Spanish monarchies during the Early Modern Age is rich in possible elements of comparison. In the provincial administration, there are similarities between the Parliaments and the Sovereign Councils in France and the Royal Chanceries and the High Courts in Castile. Certainly, the political power of the Parliaments was higher than that of the Chanceries, but all of them, besides being Superior Courts, had important administrative powers. Their authority was very important in their towns of residence, where one of their main fields of action was public order. In this way, Parliaments and Chanceries had powerful mechanisms of political control and maintenance of social order.

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Public Security and the Indian State

Ajay K. Mehra

Political scientist by training, Director (Honorary) of Centre for Public Affairs, a platform for public discourse, along with several public intellectuals. He has been a fellow at the University of Maryland, USA (1991 for 6 months), Salzburg Seminar, Austria (1992). He has researched and written extensively on public security, institutions and governance. Ajay K. Mehra was a member of the Expert Group on Diversity Index (2008); constituted by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India. He was a member of the Task Force on “Criminal justice, national security and Centre-State cooperation” set up by the Commission on Centre-State Relation, Government of India during 2008-09.

As Visiting Professor at the Fondation Maison de Sciences des l’Homme, he has coedited with René Lévy The Police, State and Society: Perspectives from India and France (Pearson Education, 2011) and is preparing, with René Lévy, another volume on Social Violence and Police and an international conference on “The dilemmas of policing in fast-growing democratizing societies”. He is currently engaged with FMSH partnership on an international research project on “Sharing Sovereignty; Identity, Regionalism And Autonomy: A Cross-National Perspective”.

This paper is published in the frame of the Indo-French Programme of the FMSH.

Abstract

Public security discourse changes how public order has been traditionally viewed by states across the world. India, a country that attained independence from British colonialism in 1947 and has been democratising since, has faced the dilemma and challenges of preparing its security agencies, steeped in colonial culture and politicised since independence, to face the challenges of twenty first century. Organisational, criminal justice system and attitudianal issues dog the public security architecture in India. Since the Constitution of India has assigned the responsibility of public order to states, federal frictions to have arisen lately in dealing with security issues in the national domain such as terrorism and Maoism. The police and other public institutions responsible for the task must be braced up to meet the emerging challenges.

Keywords

police, security, India, justice, federalism, State

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