Center for Interdisziplinary Research

Micro Structures of Governance

Date: January 20 - 21, 2011

Convenors: Alfons Bora (Bielefeld), Peter Münte (Bielefeld)

The aim of the conference is to discuss the themes ‘new statehood’ and ‘change of citizenship’ from a micro-structural point of view. With respect to methodology, the sociolinguistic concept of social positioning within an interdisciplinary debate should be more sophisticated and applied in different empirical fields. With respect to the theory of society, the question should be posed, in what way contemporary forms of statehood and citizenship can be understood as part of a ‘regulated society’, in which governing and regulating are more and more merging. On the basis of empirical analyses of concrete documents it should be examined, how existing institutions are transformed by installation of regulative regimes, and how social positions are redefined against the background of imperatives of regulation. In this respect especially the increasing role of methods of management in politics should be considered. Beside forms of statehood and citizenship corresponding to the development just sketched, also the social positioning of experts and policy advisers within regulatory regimes should be considered. Moreover, it should be considered to what extent such regulatory regimes demand new forms of expertise for the management of politics.

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