Christian Papilloud's scientific contributions

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»Regieren durch Zahlen – Schlüsselindikatoren und Erwartungspolitik. Eine Einführung«. In this special issue of Historical Social Research, indicators are considered epistemic devices that render the world governable by quantification. While endowed with an aura of objectivity, indicators are not neutral devices. Instead they transform the world th...

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... A common critique directed against school planning as a calculative governance device has been that, since there were actual demographic data and legitimate administrative thresholds, local autonomy was curtailed to a maximum degree. Although local governments were given the responsibility for school planning, federal states still had substantial competencies in classifying localities eligible for certain types of schools within the System of Central Locations that has structured spatial planning since the 1960s [86]. Furthermore, federal state authorities supervised local school planning not only in a legal but also in a functional sense [87] (pp. ...
... Indicators are a particular form of numbers. Although there is no consensual definition of what an indicator is, a frequently mentioned attribute is that they are numerical representations of relevant phenomena tailored to inform (political) decision making [23]. According to Theodore Porter and Wendy Espeland, the use of indicators tends to mechanize political and administrative decision making because it is a means of imposing rules on subjective judgement [24,25]. ...