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Between Enlightenment and Disaster

Dimensions of the political Use of Knowledge

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Edited By Linda Sangolt

Modern politics is highly science-dependent and knowledge-driven. What is the rightful role of expert knowledge in political life? How can the truth claims of science be reconciled with principles of democratic control and lay participatory rights in decision-making?
This collection of essays by political scientists, sociologists and economists from Germany, France and Norway provides different empirical and theoretical analyses of the complex organising and legitimising power of knowledge in political governance. The authors shed light on key dimensions and dilemmas that have shaped the world-changing interrelations between politics, social institutions and scientific knowledge in the past century.
The contributions cover issue-areas and policy-fields such as population control, health economics, ICTs and higher education reform, and the politics of productivity and economic pre-eminence.

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Index Academic freedom, 25, 160, 163 Academics, 28 Accountability, 14, 16, 21, 78, 94, 100, 101, 152, 161 Accountants, 101, 102, 124, 125 Accounting, see also national accounting, 21, 22, 28, 106, 107, 108, 124, 127, 128 Africa, 154, 163, 171 African Virtual University, 154 Aggregation theorem, 134, 135, 138, 139, 141, 146 Agricultural production, 116 Ambiguity, 16, 27, 67, 95 Ambivalence, 16 American Statistical Association, 88, 107 Anderson, Arthur, 92 Aristotle, 32 Assembly-line, 83, 96 Auditing, 75, 95 Authority traditional, 14 Barth, Carl G., 89, 109 Bayes' theorem, 114 Bell, Joseph, 77 Benchmarking, 94, 114, 118, 123 Berlin, Isaiah, 65, 68, 69, 72, 73 Best practice, 123 Bildung, 151, 152 Biometrics, 75 Bologna process, 25, 27, 149 Bolshevik revolution, 86 Boundary object, 113 Boyle, Robert, 39 Brandeis, Louis, 82 Capitalism corporate, 76, 96, 98 laissez faire, 76, 94, 97 Carlyle, Thomas, 23 Climate change, 20, 103 Collegiate model, 160, 161 Common Market, see also single market, 92 Competition, see also global economy, 25, 61, 76, 97, 100 Competitive edge, 75, 104 Computerisation, 21 Comte, Auguste, 82 Consensus scientific, 111, 112 Constructivism, 49, 72, 73 Consumption, 53, 120, 121, 122 Coordination open method of, 123 Corporate management, 22, 83 Cost-benefit analysis, 88 Council of Europe, 25 Deliberation, see also hybrid forums, 26 Deming, W. Edwards, 92 Democracy, 26, 27, 28, 73, 74, 106, 128, 129 Descartes, Rene, 32, 38, 39 Development policy, 60 Dewey, John, 18, 27, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 45, 95 Digital age, 159, 160, 163...

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