Science, Numbers and Politics

Science, Numbers and Politics

by Markus J. Prutsch (Editor)

Hardcover(1st ed. 2019)

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This study explores the dynamic relationship between science, numbers and politics. What can scientific evidence realistically do in and for politics? The volume contributes to that debate by focusing on the role of “numbers” as a means by which knowledge is expressed and through which that knowledge can be transferred into the political realm. Based on the assumption that numbers are constantly being actively created, translated, and used, and that they need to be interpreted in their respective and particular contexts, it examines how numbers and quantifications are made ‘politically workable’, examining their production, their transition into the sphere of politics and their eventual use therein. Key questions that are addressed include: In what ways does scientific evidence affect political decision-making in the contemporary world? How and why did quantification come to play such an important role within democratic politics? What kind of work do scientific evidence and numbers do politically?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783030112073
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 06/05/2019
Edition description: 1st ed. 2019
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Markus J. Prutsch is Senior Investigator and Administrator at the European Parliament, and a fellow of both the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Heidelberg University, Germany. He studied history and political science in Austria and Germany, and was a researcher at the European University Institute and the University of Helsinki, Finland. His work has been awarded on several occasions.

Table of Contents

1. Working Numbers – Introductory Remarks: Markus J. Prutsch

2. Historical Genesis of the Relation between Science, Numbers, and Politics – Section I Introduction: Kelly L. Grotke, Stephen Hastings-King

3. “Lies, damned lies and state-istics”: counting “real inhabitants” in the census (Belgium, 1846-1947): Kaat Louckx

4. “What Use is it in the Long Run to Resist Something that is Bound to Happen Anyway?” the Statistical Mind Settling in 19th C. Politics: Ida H. Stamhuis

5. Science, numbers, and colonialism in the African Great Lakes, 1820-1910: Axel Utz

6. The emergence of a global economic order - From scientific internationalism to infrastructural globalism: Anat Leibler

7. Politics and Science Today. Section II Introduction: Kathrine von Graevenitz, Georg von Graevenitz

8. Politics and Policies of Statistics Independence: Jean-Guy Prévost

9. Measuring, Modeling, Controlling the Climate? Numerical Expertise in U.S. Climate Engineering Politics: Julia Schubert

10. What Counts in the Politics of Climate Change? Science, Scepticism and Emblematic Numbers: Amanda Machin, Alexander Ruser

11. Kings and Indicators - Options for Governing without Numbers: Wolfgang Drechsler

12. European and International Education Policies: Lars Lehmann, Markus J. Prutsch

13. Higher Purpose and Economic Reason. An essay concerning the role of numbers as guide values of European education policy: Jörg J. Dötsch

14. Standardizing the Context and Contextualizing the Standard - Translating PISA into PISA-D: Radhika Gorur, Estrid Sørensen, Bryan Maddox

15. "Let's Talk Numbers” - Parliamentary Research in Educational Affairs in Light of Political Demand for Quantification – The Knesset in Comparative Perspective: Yuval Vurgan

16. Science, Numbers and Politics – Concluding Comments: Lars Lehmann, Markus J. Prutsch

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