Agents of Knowledge

Diane Stone

in The Oxford Handbook of Governance

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560530
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

Agents of Knowledge


This article addresses the role of knowledge agents in governance, focusing on codified products produced by socially recognized experts and scientists; categorizes these agents into knowledge actors (individuals), knowledge institutions (in their organizational format), and knowledge networks; and describes their work. It also considers the politics of knowledge or scientific competition and highlights the struggles between different modes of knowledge or what are often described as discourses, worldviews, and regimes of truth.

Keywords: knowledge agents; governance; experts; scientists; knowledge actors; knowledge institutions; knowledge networks; politics of knowledge; discourses; worldviews

Article.  6036 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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