Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg


Manuela Bank-Zillmann

Telefon: +49 345 55-21004
Telefax: +49 345 55-27404

Universitätsplatz 8/9
06108 Halle


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Governing by numbers: Keyindicators and the politics of expectations

Termin 5. Oktober 2017 - 7. Oktober 2017
Veranstaltungsart Workshop/Seminar
Einrichtung Philosophische Fakultät II
Veranstalter Institut für Soziologie
Veranstaltungsort Steintor-Campus GSZ, Seminarraum 2 & 3
Straße Adam-Kuckhoff-Str. 35
PLZ/Ort 06108 Halle (Saale)
Ansprechpartner Audrey Terracher-Lipinski
Telefon 345-5524693


Politics in the 20th century created a whole array of indicators, such as gross domestic product (GDP) or unemployment indicators, that became crucial for the structuration of entire policy fields. Politics in the 21st century, inspired by the new public management discourse, complemented this trend by developing not only more indicators but also by inventing new forms of regulation and new ways of modelling political expectations about the future. In the sociology of quantification, the relevance of numbers in democratic politics and democratic representation was among the earliest issues addressed. A basic assumption in this line of reasoning is that there is an inherently political dimension to what seem to be methodological or technocratic issues in the quantification process. While research has become more diversified, there is also growing need for systematizing theoretical approaches and empirical findings as well as pursuing a strategic approach in defining desiderata for further research so as to build a more coherent stock of knowledge about the politics of quantification.

In this workshop we seek to advance this endeavor by focusing especially on institutionalization processes of key indicators and particularly on the relevance of key indicators to a ‘politics of expectations’.



Participation in the workshop is free of charge. However, there will be a charge of 10€ for catering during coffee breaks. Please register with the organizers by October 1, 2017.


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