Shifting Social Contracts – Numbers as Governance

Poverty and Inequality

This series brings the Graduate Program in International Affairs and other New School faculty together to present research on the broad topic of Shifting Social Contracts. In recent decades institutions of social provisioning around the world have undergone complex transformations, with shifts in regimes of access to social welfare goods, and changing demands for economic efficiency and political accountability. Participants in the series work on a range of issues relating to the transitioning politics of social welfare, democratic accountability, and economic management, bringing to bear disciplinary perspectives from Anthropology, Economics, Law, International Relations, and Science and Technology Studies. This workshop focused on the increasing dominance of numbers as a form of governance.

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