Palgrave Studies in Science, Knowledge and Policy
Hardback 9781137514493   Nov 2015
Knowing Governance
The Epistemic Construction of Political Order
Edited By Jan-Peter Voß and Richard Freeman
"This is the manifesto of the knowledge turn in research about governance and public policy."
- Claudio M. Radaelli, University of Exeter, UK
“Featuring some of the brightest young Europeans working at the nexus of science and technology studies and political science, the book establishes beyond question that modern states are states of knowledge. Ranging across issues from piracy to emissions trading, these essays lay the groundwork for a genuinely transnational conversation on the ways in which contemporary practices of governance construct their ways of knowing, and in turn are shaped by the knowledges they generate." - Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard Kennedy School, USA
"The STS-informed perspective of the process of knowing governance creating political order is breaking new ground."
- Arie Rip, University of Twente, the Netherlands "Historians and sociologists, from Max Weber to Michel Foucault, have long documented the connections between science and politics, and between the history of the state and the history of statistics. But researchers have paid remarkably little attention to the politics of the political sciences, nor concerned themselves with the relation between governance, and knowledge about governance. Knowing Governance does nothing less than open up a whole new field of inquiry, posing urgent new questions for the disciplines of politics."
- Andrew Barry, University College London, UK
About the book
Knowing Governance sets out to understand governance through the design and making of its models and instruments. What kinds of knowledge do they require and reproduce? How are new understandings of governance produced in practice, by scientists and policy makers and by the publics with whom they engage? How does politics work through the production of ideas and information that both describe and prescribe how governing is done? This book outlines and explores a new approach to the study of governance at the intersection of governmentality studies, interpretive policy studies and science and technology studies. Each chapter presents an empirically-grounded case study of how particular accounts of governing are worked out, and how new realities of governance emerge in the course of making it knowable. Each introduces and applies a key concept from science and technology studies, setting out a variety of ways of making knowledge about governance and its constituent politics.

1. Introduction: Knowing Governance; Jan-Peter Voß; Richard Freeman PART I: KNOWING THE BODY POLITIC: COLLECTIVE AGENCY 2. Modeling The State: An Actor-Network Approach; Jan-Hendrik Passoth; Nicholas Rowland 3. Co-Producing European Integration: Research, Policy And Welfare Activation; Thomas Pfister 4. Experimenting With Global Governance: Learning Lessons In The Contact Group On Piracy; Christian Bueger PART II: KNOWING INSTRUMENTS: MODES OF GOVERNING 5. Cultivating 'Nudge': Behavioural Governance In The UK; Holger Straßheim; Rebecca Korinek 6. Realizing Instruments: Performativity In Emissions Trading And Citizen Panels; Jan-Peter Voß 7. Translating Participation: Scenario Workshops And Citizens' Juries Across Situations And Contexts; Linda Soneryd; Nina Amelung PART III: MATERIAL KNOWING: DOCUMENTS AND BODIES 8. Fact-Making In Permit Markets: Document Networks As Infrastructures Of Emissions Trading; Arno Simons 9. Training Participants: Building A Community Of Practice To Negotiate Sustainability; Sonja Van Der Arend; Jelle Behagel PART IV: BOUNDARIES OF KNOWING: SCIENCE AND POLITICS 10. Boundary-Making In The International Organisation: Public Engagement Expertise At The OECD; Brice Laurent 11. Black-Boxing Sustainable Development: Environmental Impact Assessment On The River Uruguay; Nicolas Baya-Laffite PART V: KNOWING REFLEXIVELY: DOING KNOWLEDGE POLITICS 12. Knowing Doing Governing: Realising Heterodyne Democracies; Andrew Stirling