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Research seminar

Crisis expertise beyond 'Global North' democracies

The power of knowledge or the knowledge for power?

Add to calendar 2023-05-18 13:30 2023-05-18 15:00 Europe/Rome Crisis expertise beyond 'Global North' democracies Sala del Capitolo (Badia Fiesolana) and on Zoom YYYY-MM-DD


18 May 2023

13:30 - 15:00 CEST


Sala del Capitolo (Badia Fiesolana) and on Zoom

In this research seminar, Dr Vera Axyonova, a Visiting Fellow at the EUI's School of Transnational Governance, will draw on the findings of her research project 'Expert Knowledge in Times of Crisis – Uncovering Interaction Effects between Think Tanks, Media and Politics beyond Liberal Democracies'.
The power of expert knowledge in shaping politics and public opinion becomes most tangible in times of uncertainty. Transboundary financial, security and health related crises suggest that this is equally true for West European and North American democratic societies and for societies beyond the "Global North", regardless of the countries’ political regimes. In consolidated liberal democracies, the questions of how expert knowledge is produced and communicated have been studied extensively. However, we still know little about the origins and contents of crisis related expert knowledge, its communication channels, and use in policymaking beyond political environments of the "Global North". To whom do politicians and other decision-makers turn for guidance when they are in need of specialized expertise? How do they use (and misuse) expert knowledge in times of crisis? How much influence do individual experts and expert groups have on political agendas and societal developments? Finally, how are experts themselves affected by high uncertainty? Dr Vera Axyonova will shed light on these questions against the background of the Covid-19 pandemic and Russia's war in Ukraine.
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