Informer pour gouverner. Les dynamiques institutionnelles des mondes de la gouvernance macroéconomique (InfoGouv) (2017)

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The project brings together sociologists, political scientists and economists. It aims at studying the space of macroeconomic governance as a field of knowledge-production within which information spreads. It adopts an institutionalist perspective and combines both quantitative and qualitative methods to shed light on the concept of credibility and expertise, in the broader context of an interrogation about beliefs. The case of macroeconomics forecasting serves as an entry point, as it both reveals the choices private and public actors previously made, and guide those which will be made afterwards. The project relies on three joint case studies :

- a first describes the world of forecasting by analyzing how different forecasting institutions revise the forecasts they produced – assuming these practices are connected to their position in the channels of information;

- a second study tackles how members of some particular groups (such as the Corps of INSEE in the French case), who are supposed to detain scarce information, move accordingly across the world of economic governance;

- a final study deals with the progressive Europeanization of economic policies, paying specific attention to how economic administrations began to approach each other in the wake of the Great Crash and Brexit.