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a metonym for bureaucratic overflow, may be helpful in answering these questions. A short history of red tape The Spanish administration of Charles V, King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor (1500–1558), started to use red tape to bind critical 172 Overwhelmed by overflows administrative dossiers requiring immediate discussion by the Council of State, in order to differentiate them from ordinary documents, which were bound with simple string (Dickson, 2015). Red tape was obviously a frame that was expected to tame the overflow: there were too many documents, and

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Demand-side abundance and its discontents in Hungary during the long 1960s

simple reason that no one needs or wants them. From the consumer’s perspective, however, it makes little difference that, although their everyday experience was predominantly with quantitative and/or qualitative shortages, ‘goods’ (good for nothing) were filling warehouses. Even the idea that the consumer should, by definition, have an agency in the sphere of economic activity seems to have been all too often absent from (or hardly reflected upon in) the writings and ideas of many of Hungary’s reform economists. 14 Overwhelmed by overflows The consumer citizen of

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