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Knowing Governance

The Epistemic Construction of Political Order

  • Jan-Peter Voß
  • Richard Freeman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: Knowing Governance

    1. Jan-Peter Voß, Richard Freeman
      Pages 1-33
  3. Knowing the Body Politic: Collective Agency

  4. Knowing Instruments: Modes of Governing

  5. Material Knowing: Documents and Bodies

  6. Boundaries of Knowing: Science and Politics

  7. Reflexive Knowing: Doing Knowledge Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 287-300

About this book


Knowing Governance sets out to understand governance through the design and making of its models and instruments. What kinds of knowledge do they require and reproduce? How are new understandings of governance produced in practice, by scientists and policy makers and by the publics with whom they engage?


Knowledge governance politics state science community Design environment European integration Integration knowledge modeling Nation organization participation Policy sustainability sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Jan-Peter Voß
    • 1
  • Richard Freeman
    • 2
  1. 1.Technische Universität BerlinGermany
  2. 2.University of EdinburghUK

About the editors

Nina Amelung, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany Sonja van der Arend, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands Nicolas Baya-Laffite, Université Paris-Est, France Jelle Behagel, Wageningen University, the Netherlands Christian Bueger, Cardiff University, UK Richard Freeman, University of Edinburgh, UK Brice Laurent, Mines ParisTech, France Rebecca-Lea Korinek, WZB Social Science Centre, Germany Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Technische Universität München, Germany Thomas Pfister, Zeppelin University, Germany Nicholas J Rowland, Pennsylvania State University, USA Arno Simons, Institute of Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), Germany Linda Soneryd, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Andy Stirling, Sussex University, UK Holger Strassheim, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany Jan-Peter Voß, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Bibliographic information


“Knowing Governance provides an in many ways impressive collection of work. It manages to intervene in current discussions in thoughtful ways, and offers useful conceptual devices for understanding the epistemic construction of knowledge. … it manages to provide a cogent argument for its overarching goal, namely to establish knowing governance as an exciting research agenda going forward.” (Jannick Schou, Science & Technology Studies, Vol. 30 (2), 2017)