Quantification, Administrative Capacity and Democracy (QUAD)

Kooperatives Forschungsprojekt der London School of Economics and Political Sciences (UK), École nationale supérieure de mines de Paris (Frankreich), Universiteit Leiden (Niederlande), Universität Bielefeld und der Helmut-Schmidt-Universität (Deutschland)

Abstract

Numbers increasingly govern public services. Both policymaking activities and administrative control are increasingly structured around calculations such as cost-benefit analyses, estimates of social and financial returns, measurements of performance and risk, benchmarking, quantified impact assessments, ratings and rankings, all of which provide information in the form of a numerical representation. Through quantification, public services have experienced a fundamental transformation from “government by rules” to “governance by numbers”, with fundamental implications not just for our understanding of the nature of public service itself, but also for wider debates about the nature of citizenship and democracy.

This project scrutinizes the relationships between quantification, administrative capacity and democracy across three policy sectors (health/hospitals, higher education/universities, criminal justice/prisons) and four countries (France, Germany, Netherlands, UK). It offers a cross-national and cross-sectoral study of how managerialist ideas and instruments of quantification have been adopted and how they mattered. More specifically, it examines

(i)                 how quantification has travelled across sectors and states;

(ii)                relations between quantification and administrative capacity; and

(iii)               how quantification has redefined relations between public service and liberal democratic understandings of

     public welfare, notions of citizenship, equity, accountability and legitimacy.

 

Kenndaten des Projekts

Förderlinie:            Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences

Geldgeber:             Die vier nationalen Forschungsförderungsorganisationen:

- Vereinigtes Königreich: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Frankreich: Agence Nationale de Recherche (ANC)
- Niederlande: Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO)
- Deutschland: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Deutschland

Laufzeit:                Drei Jahre, beginnend 2. Quartal 2016

 

Projektbeteiligte

 

Land

Universität

Institut

Wissenschaftler/in

Frankreich

Mines ParisTech
(ENS des mines)

Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation (CSI)

Prof. Dr. Fabian Muniesa

Dr. Florence Paterson

Niederlande

Universität Leiden

Institute of Political Science

Prof. Dr. Arjen Boin

UK

London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE)

Department of Government

Prof. Dr. Martin Lodge

Department of Accounting

Prof. Dr. Andrea Mennicken

Prof. Dr. Peter Miller

Prof. Dr. Liisa Kurunmäki

Deutschland

Universität Bielefeld

Fakultät für Soziologie; Arbeitsbereich
Recht & Gesellschaft

Prof. Dr. Michael Huber

Prof. Dr. Alfons Bora

Helmut-Schmidt-Universität Hamburg

Institut für Controlling & Unternehmensrechnung

Prof. Dr. Tobias Scheytt

Dr. Christian Huber

zuletzt verändert: 09.09.2016 13:26

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