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Between Enlightenment and Disaster

Dimensions of the political Use of Knowledge


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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Contributors Alain Desrosieres is currently affiliated with the Centre Alexandre Koyre de Recherche en Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques (EHESS) in Paris after retiring from the French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE). He has published numerous articles on the history and sociology of statistics in several languages. His most well-known work, The Politics of Large Numbers: A History of Statistical Reasoning, was published in German in 2005 as Die Politik der Großen Zahlen: Eine Geschichte der Statistischen Denk- weise by Springer Verlag. Gunnar Guddal Michelsen was a research fellow affiliated with the Stein Rokkan Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Bergen. He was engaged in a project on higher education policy in Western Africa, "Politiques educatives et pratiques sociales de scolarisa- tion en Afrique subsaharienne," financed by CNRS in France. He died in Senegal in December 2005. Linda Sangolt is associate professor in the Department of Adminis- tration and Organization Theory at the University of Bergen. She has published articles in English and Norwegian on European integration, oil politics, statistics and higher education. She was a consultant for Statistics Norway's project "Scenarios and Strategic Challenges 2016." Her most recent book is a critical essay and annotated Norwegian translation of Frederick W. Taylor's Principles of Scientific Manage- ment published in 2006. Ole Jacob Sending is senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI) in Oslo and the Christian Michelsen Institute for Social Research in Bergen, Norway. He has written articles and...

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