Guest lecture by Prof. Fioramonti at the Berlin Forum on Global Politics
News from Sep 22, 2014
What is the relationship between politics, power, ethics and numbers? Why is the world obsessed with gross domestic product (GDP), the assessments of credit rating agencies, why do we marketize nature and how do we measure development aid? These were some of the questions adressed by Prof. Lorenzo Fioramonti (University of Pretoria, South Africa) during a guest lecture which had been organized by the Berlin Forum on Global Politics (BFoGP) in collaboration with the Graduate School of Global Politics at FU Berlin.
The lecture was based on research published by Prof. Fioramonti in his most recent book, How Numbers Rule the World – The Use and Abuse of Statistics in Global Politics. After the lecture, the questions and comments posed by an audience of around fourty people led to a lively discussion in which Prof. Fioramonti took the chance to add more examples and to further explain the relationship he considers to exist between numbers and global politics.