Domesticating Uncertainty - Reflections on electoral and bureaucratic practices in a election office

Anne Kathrine Pihl Vadgård

Publikation: Konferencebidrag - EJ publiceret i proceeding eller tidsskriftKonferenceabstrakt til konferenceForskning

Abstrakt

Election Day is often considered a celebration of democracy in which politicians and voters alike partake in the festivities. They vote, campaign discuss, and engage. Election Day is, however, also the culmination of months and months of preparation behind the scene. In the bureaucratic engine room – the election office – every little step towards this celebratory day and the subsequent counting of the ballots are planned meticulously. By following these often mundane and ordinary practices at a Danish election office this paper discusses the bureaucratic infrastructures, in which electoral and democratic issues come into being. Thus this paper reconceptualizes democracy as embedded in practices by investigating the making of an election in a Danish municipality and through attention to the technical and bureaucratic tools through which democracy emerges.
With insights of Bruno Latour and other scholars of science applied to elections and the election office I explore the office as a center for the extended network of polling stations and election officials. In this, the different methods and technologies used to orchestrate Election Day are highlighted. The argument draws on Latour’s concept of Centres of Calculation (1987) to describe the relation between the central engine room and peripheral polling places and throughout the paper I will explore how acting at a distance is done in practice. Furthermore, instances when acting at a distance is challenged are discussed as these moments point towards discussions of accountability and control with remote bureaucratic sites.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2014
StatusUdgivet - 2014
BegivenhedEuropean Association for the Study of Science and Technology Conference 2014: Situating Solidarities: social challenges for science and technology studies - Torun, Polen
Varighed: 17 sep. 201419 sep. 2014
http://easst.net/

Konference

KonferenceEuropean Association for the Study of Science and Technology Conference 2014
Land/OmrådePolen
ByTorun
Periode17/09/201419/09/2014
Internetadresse

Fingeraftryk

Dyk ned i forskningsemnerne om 'Domesticating Uncertainty - Reflections on electoral and bureaucratic practices in a election office'. Sammen danner de et unikt fingeraftryk.

Citationsformater