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
Jägerstr. 22-23, 10117 Berlin


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


9:30 – 10.00
Jan-Peter Voß, Technische Universität Berlin

10.00 – 12.00
Keynote dialogue

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

Watch the keynote lecture (YouTube)



12.00 – 13.00

13.00 – 15.00
Session I (two parallel streams): How governance knowledge is produced in and through ongoing political practices

Parallel stream (a): Discursive construction of governance
Chair: Carsten Mann, Technische Universität Berlin

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

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

Thomas Scheffer, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Knowing how to assemble collective positions. The everyday economy of political positioning in MPs offices
Discussant: Arno Simons, Technische Universität Berlin

Parallel stream (b): Accounting and accountability
Chair: Sonja Palfner, Technische Universität Berlin

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
Discussant: Sebastian Ureta, Technische Universität Berlin

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

15.00 – 15.30

15.30 – 16.50
Session II: Knowledge professionals - how experts and consultants shape governance and political practices
Chair: Nina Amelung, Technische Universität Berlin

Sonja van der Arend; Delft University of Technology
Patterns in the instiutionalization of process management and their implications for democratic governance
Discussant: Anna Henkel, Universität Bielefeld

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

16.50 – 17.10

17.10 – 18.30
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
Discussant: Enrico Gualini, Technische Universität Berlin

18.30 – 18.45

18.45 – 19.00
Poster flashlight
Chair: Thomas Crowe, Technische Universität Berlin

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

Nina Amelung & Arno Simons, Technische Universität Berlin
Knowing how to govern. A comparison of the making of emission trading and citizen juries as policy blueprints

19.00 – 21.00
Poster session and reception

Friday 20 May


8.30 – 9.00
Arrival (refreshments available)

9.00 – 11.00
Session III: The making of instruments – an emerging science and technology of governance?
Chair: Arno Simons, Technische Universität Berlin

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
Discussant: Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Universität Bielefeld

Brice Laurent, Mines ParisTech
Producing international expertise about technologies of democracy
Discussant: Alexander Görsdorf, Universität Bielefeld

Linda Soneryd, University of Stockholm
Mediating and translating social science in the governance of science and technology
Discussant: Cristina Besio, Technische Universität Berlin

11.00 – 11.30

11.30 – 12.50
Session III – continued
Chair: Cornelius Schubert, Technische Universität Berlin

Jason Chilvers, University of East Anglia
Knowing participatory governance: the construction, mobilisation and professionalisation of public participation expertise
Discusssant: Martin Meister, Technische Universität Berlin

Jan-Peter Voß, Arno Simons, Nina Amelung, Carsten Mann
The power of instruments. Making universal designs for public policy and governance
Discussant: Holger Straßheim, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

12.50 – 14.00

14.00 – 15.00
Concluding discussion
Chair: Jan-Peter Voß, Technische Universität Berlin


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