Liberal democratic states have mediated between knowledge, power and law through the democratic process. The postnational constellation reconfigures the relationship between knowledge, power and law by giving preference to some forms of knowing. This workshop aims to explore the tension between power, knowledge and legitimate law making beyond the state.
|Start date||16 April 2015|
|End date||17 April 2015|
Liberal democratic states have mediated between knowledge, power and law through the democratic process, implicitly consolidating and validating ‘legitimate’ forms of knowing and deciding. Elections, parliaments and political parties, public debates and media as well as jury led court decisions are all mechanisms which can be understood as serving this purpose.
The postnational constellation reconfigures the relationship between knowledge, power and law by giving preference to some forms of knowing, while marginalising others. In the absence of the institutional context associated with democratic processes, this reconfigured relationship becomes normatively salient.
It is here that the puzzle underlying the present inquiry becomes clearer. Given the crucial relevance of knowledge in the law making process both within and beyond the state, we ask what normative power can be credited to ‘knowledge’ claims in postnational rule making. How policy relevant knowledge is developed, selected, used and justified? What is the role of postnational institutions in this process, their biases and legitimatory strategies? At the same time we are interested in the broader ideological underpinnings of the use of knowledge in the postnational constellation and the resulting (re)distributions of power.
Marija Bartl, University of Amsterdam - CSECL
Eljalill Tauschinsky, University of Amsterdam - ACELG