Second Berlin Forum Innovation in Governance

Knowing governance. The making of governance knowledge and the transformation of politics

Thursday 19 & Friday 20 May 2011
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities


Call for Papers (.pdf)
Programme (download) (.pdf)
Book of abstracts
Registered participants as of 17 May 2011 (.xlsx)
Useful information for participants

Documents for participants (password-protected: please contact Thomas Crowe for details).


Preliminary Programme


Thursday 19 May
Einsteinsaal, 5th floor


Keynote dialogue

Andrew Barry, University of Oxford
Innovation in Governance and Knowledge Controversies

Watch the keynote lecture (YouTube)



Session I (two parallel streams): How governance knowledge is produced in and through ongoing political practices

Parallel stream (a): Discursive construction of governance

Studying Co-production on a micro-level: The case of the Founding Assembly of the Forest Stewardship Council
Discussant: Frank Fischer, Rutgers University

The Construction of Drug Distribution as a Competitive Market
Discussant: Stefan Kuhlmann, University of Twente

Knowing how to assemble collective positions. The everyday economy of political positioning in MPs offices

Parallel stream (b): Accounting and accountability

Johanna Mugler, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Organizing accountability, quantification and criminal justice in South Africa
Discussant: Arie Rip, University of Twente

Kristin Asdal, University of Oslo
The office: The weakness of numbers and the production of non-authority

Silke Beck, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
The IPCC as "eye of power" - Accounting global governance by extended peer review?
Discussant: Thomas Conzelmann, Maastricht University

Session II: Knowledge professionals - how experts and consultants shape governance and political practices

Sonja van der Arend; Delft University of Technology
Patterns in the instiutionalization of process management and their implications for democratic governance

Ross Beveridge; Leibnitz-Institute for Regional and Structural Planning (IRS)
Consultants, depoliticisation and new forms of governance
Discussant: Will Davies, Said Business School

Session II (continued)

Nina Boeger, University of Bristol; Joseph Corkin, Middlesex University
Making Europe in their Image: Communities of expertise and the shaping of transnational governance
Discussant: Dieter Plehwe, Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB)

Tim May; Beth Perry, University of Salford
Cities, Innovation and Expertise: Experiences from a Formative Evaluation

Poster flashlight

Lisa Stampnitzky, Said Business School, Oxford
Constituting terrorism: three attempts at rational governance

Ingmar Lippert, Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society
Exploring Situated Agency in Governance

Knowing how to govern. A comparison of the making of emission trading and citizen juries as policy blueprints
Poster session and reception

Friday 20 May


Thomas Conzelmann, Maastricht University; Kerstin Martens, University of Bremen
Numbers, facts, and 'objective' measures: Peer reviews, rankings and the politics of information in the OECD

Brice Laurent, Mines ParisTech
Producing international expertise about technologies of democracy

Linda Soneryd, University of Stockholm
Mediating and translating social science in the governance of science and technology


Jason Chilvers, University of East Anglia
Knowing participatory governance: the construction, mobilisation and professionalisation of public participation expertise

The power of instruments. Making universal designs for public policy and governance

Concluding discussion


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