(2014.09) Global Politics & the Power of Numbers

Global Politics & the Power of Numbers: How Data and Statistics Shape our  (Mis)Understanding of the World

Numbers And Finance

When: 16:30 – 18.30 | Thursday, 4th September 2014
Where: Hörsaal A, Osteuropa-Institut, Garystr. 55,14195 | Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Lorenzo Fioramonti (University of Pretoria, South Africa) gave a guest lecture based on the research published in his most recent book ‘How Numbers Rule the World – The Use and Abuse of Statistics in Global Politics‘, which provides an innovative and timely exposé of the politics, power, and contestation of numbers. Prof. Fioramonti’s topics ranged from the world’s obsession with Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to the dubious influence of credit rating agencies, and from the marketization of nature to the assessment of development aid.

The report can be found here, and the photographs of the public event can be viewed here.

For more information on Prof. Lorenzo Fioramonti, please visit his website.

For more information on his most recent book, which was sold at the event at a special discount price, read here.


The event was a collaborative effort of the Berlin Forum on Global Politics (BFoGP), a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of academic, expert, and public understanding of global politics, and the Center for Global Politics (CGP) of the Freie Universität Berlin.

The most recent publication of the BFoGP, entitled ‘The Transatlantic Colossus – Global Contributions to Broaden the Debate on the EU-US Free Trade Agreement’, was the result of the intention to provide multiple stakeholders with information that goes beyond mere economic data and the – so far – mostly numerical narrative of the free trade agreement as a required condition for the growth of GDP and the creation of employment on both sides of the Atlantic.

Download your free digital copy of our publication in .pdf, .mobi, and .epub formats at our website: https://bfogp.org/publications/the-transatlantic-colossus/

For additional questions about the BFoGP, our activities and events, and potential collaborations, please email us at: contact@bfogp.org

(Photo credit: reynermedia | Flickr)

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