The struggle for the long term in transnational science and politics
Forging the future
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Jenny Andersson and Egle Rinzeviciute. The Struggle for the Long-Term in Transnational Science and Politics: Forging the Future.

This book reconsiders the power of the idea of the future. Bringing together perspectives from cultural history, environmental history, political history and the history of science, it investigates how the future became a specific field of action in liberal democratic, state socialist and post-colonial regimes after the Second World War. It highlights the emergence of new forms of predictive scientific expertise in this period, and shows how such forms of expertise interacted with political systems of the Cold War world order, as the future became the prism for dealing with post-industrialisation, technoscientific progress, changing social values, Cold War tensions and an emerging Third World. A forgotten problem of cultural history, the future re-emerges in this volume as a fundamentally contested field in which forms of control and central forms of resistance met, as different actors set out to colonise and control and others to liberate. The individual studies of this book show how the West European, African, Romanian and Czechoslovak "long term" was constructed through forms of expertise, computer simulations and models, and they reveal how such constructions both opened up new realities but also imposed limits on possible futures.

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Histories of prediction

April 15-16, 2016
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Interdisciplinary workshop, bringing together historians and historians of science, STS scholars, sociologists and antropologists, around the theme of the history and uses of prediction in a range of fields.

The workshop is the final conference of the Futurepol project.

The workshop took place at Sciences Po, on Friday and Saturday April 15 and 16, 2016.

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Writing the history of the "neoliberal turn"

17th October, 2014
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Workshop Writing the history of the "neoliberal turn"

Knowledges, practices and expertises (1960s-1980s)

17th October, 2014

Workshop organized by par Jenny Andersson and Nicolas Delalande (Centre d’études européennes / Futurepol et Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po)

9:30 -10:00 Introduction

    « Croisade, accommodements ou hybridations ? Les analyses d’un “tournant” »

Julien VINCENT (Université Paris I) :
    « Qu’y a-t-il de néo dans le néolibéralisme ? Une réflexion à partir du XIXe siècle »

10:00 -13:00 First panel

Jenny ANDERSSON (Centre d’études européennes / Futurepol) :
    « RAND goes to France. Genèse de la prospective française »

Eric MONNET (Banque de France) :
    « La politique de la Banque de France au sortir des Trente Glorieuses un tournant néolibéral et monétariste ? »

Matthieu LEIMGRUBER (Université de Genève) et Léon WANSLEBEN (LSE) :
    « Karl Brunner (1916-1989) et les circulations atlantiques du monétarisme »

 Discussion : François DENORD (Centre de sociologie européenne)

14:00 -17:00 Second panel

Laurent WARLOUZET (Université d’Artois) :
    « L’Europe néolibérale existe-elle ? L’exemple des débuts de la CEE (1957-1986) »

    « En amont des récits statistiques néolibéraux. De la “réussite économique” du colonialisme tardif à la “faillite” des États africains (v.1930-v.1980) »

Vitezslav SOMMER (Centre d’études européennes / Futurepol) :
    « Prognosticating Neoliberalism?: Forecasting in Late Socialist Czechoslovakia and Post-Socialist Future »

Discussion : Nicolas DELALANDE

General discussion and conclusions


Free entrance

Location: Centre d'histoire de Sciences Po - Salle du Traité

56, rue Jacob - 76006 Paris

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Publication - Governing the Future

Science, policy and public participation in the construction of the long term in the Netherlands and Sweden
Jenny Andersson (with Anne-Greet Keizer)
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Jenny Andersson has published together with Anne-Greet Keizer in History and Technology an article comparing the Swedish and Dutch experiences regarding the setting of institutions dedicated to the long term.

Citation: Jenny Andersson, Anne-Greet Keizer, Governing the future: science, policy and public participation in the construction of the long term in the Netherlands and Sweden, History and Technology, 2014, Vol. 30, iss. 1-2, p. 104-122.

The article can be dowloaded on the publisher's website here


This paper is a historical study of two institutions devoted to the problem of the future – the Dutch WRR (the Scientific Council for Government) and the Swedish Secretariat for Futures Studies – both created in 1972. While there is a growing interest in the social sciences for prediction, future imaginaries and the governance of risk, few studies have examined historically the integration of the category of the ‘future’ or the ‘long term’ in political systems in the postwar years, a period in which this category took on specific meaning and importance. We suggest that governing the long-term posed fundamental problems to particular societal models of expertise, decision-making and public participation. We argue that the scientific and political claim to govern the future was fundamentally contested, and that social struggle around the role and content of predictive expertise determined how the long term was incorporated into different systems of knowledge production and policy-making.

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