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From expert communities to epistemic arrangements: situating expertise in international relations

Bueger, Christian 2014. From expert communities to epistemic arrangements: situating expertise in international relations. In: Mayer, Maximilian, Carpes, Mariana and Knoblich, Ruth eds. The Global Politics of Science and Technology: Concepts from International Relations and Other Disciplines, Vol. 1. Berlin: Springer VS, pp. 39-54. (10.1007/978-3-642-55007-2_2)

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Abstract

The role and functions of expertise in international politics is, since decades, a core research theme. This chapter outlines a history of how the relation between science and international politics has been approached through the lenses of expertise. My intention is to offer a heuristic device. I argue that the debate can be structured in three generations. A first generation is interested in experts as actors that have a causal influence on international politics. The second generation scrutinizes discourses of expertise and their constitutional role in making the international. And the third generation concentrates on practices of expertise and the way these perform the epistemic arrangements of the international. To think about the study of expertise in the frame of three generations each offering different insights and carrying advantages and problems provides not only a practical tool for sorting ideas, but clarifies what one ‘buys in’ by following a specific generation.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Publisher: Springer VS
ISBN: 9783642550065
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:08
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/56763

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