How Does Context Come into the Picture?

This is an excerpt of the integrative report of 12 national case studies carried out in the Orientation 2/1 phase of the project. Read more ...


Targeting as a selective practice

The point of targeting was the most interesting one in the constellations where knowledge and policy unite. One of the main functions of Education systems is selection – and especially the Bavarian school systems tends to selecting. Read more ...


Knowledge as practice

The criterion for practical success is connectivity. Knowledge of any kind or origin has to have a special format when entering the political sphere. Read more ...


La construction de dispositifs socio-techniques d’évaluation externe : un processus de traduction

Les dispositifs d’évaluation externe sont des outils socio-techniques assemblant des éléments humains et non-humains, liant acteurs et techniques. La construction de ces outils et leurs propriétés constitutives sont tributaires des réseaux d’acteurs dans lesquels ils s’inscrivent et qu’ils contribuent à faire exister. Read more ...


In Europe, information and expertise are now both more widely distributed and more readily accessible than ever before. At the same time, expectations of transparency and public accountability have increased. In many ways, knowledge is coming to play a new role in policy: we can now distinguish ’post-bureaucratic’ from conventional ’bureaucratic’ regimes and show that each presupposes a specific kind of knowledge and a specific way of using it. While bureaucratic modes of governance require ‘established’ bodies of knowledge to be translated into ‘vertical’ regulations; post-bureaucratic modes of governance consist rather in attempting to turn actors’ autonomy and reflexivity into a means of governing.


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