Good Vibrations

Nice citations, at least, if not ex-citations.  Like lots of us, I guess, most of what I’ve written appears again (if it appears at all) as a name and number, person and date inserted in someone else’s argument, to be read as simple ciphers for the complex...

PhD honoris causa

Awarded the degree of PhD honoris causa by the University of Liège, 19 March 2016. It’s a tremendous personal honour, but also recognition of a longstanding, exciting collaboration with members of the Centre de Recherches et Interventions Sociologiques...

Knowing Governance

Knowing Governance. The epistemic construction of political order is edited by Jan-Peter Voß and Richard Freeman, and sets out to understand governance through the design and making of its models and instruments. What kinds of knowledge do they require and...

Doing Politics in Translation

was the title of the 14th Kåte Hamburger lecture given at the Centre for Global Cooperation in Duisburg in October… How does politics happen? When we do politics, what are we doing? In answering this question, I return to Hannah Arendt’s The Human...

Doing Democracy

was a panel Darcy Leigh organized at this year’s Policy & Politics conference, with additional papers by Oliver Escobar, Deborah Holman and Sophie Thunus… What is democracy made of? How is it done? It is an idea and a set of institutions, to be sure,...

‘Doing Politics’

was given as an inaugural lecture on 4 February 2015… How does politics happen? When we do politics, what are we doing? In this lecture, I want to show how we might understand politics as action, as a mode of doing. Drawing on the sociology of interaction, I...

A New Politics of Knowledge

announced Palgrave Studies in Science, Knowledge and Policy on the LSE’s Impact blog… Kat Smith and Richard Freeman argue it’s time to start bringing together the diverse and innovative thinking around the complex relationships between science, knowledge...

Knowledge in Policy: embodied, inscribed, enacted

edited with Steve Sturdy, has now been published by Policy Press… This important collection presents a radical reconception of the place of knowledge in contemporary policymaking in Europe, based not on assumptions about evidence, expertise or experience but on...

Europe’s spaces of action

What do we imagine when we imagine Europe and the European Union? What unacknowledged assumptions do we hold? In Governing Europe’s Spaces, we re-imagine Europe as a space of action. We elaborate our concept of space – physical, symbolic, peopled, bordered, multiple...

Critical Comparison

‘For a (self-)critical comparison’, written with Eric Mangez, appeared in Critical Policy Studies in summer 2013… This paper reflects on the design and organization of cross-national comparative research in social and public policy, based in our own...

Representing Practice

is the title of a panel at the conference on Interpretive Policy Analysis in Vienna in July 2013… A sense of practice has always been central to critical and interpretive policy studies, both as a theoretical construct and as an object of inquiry. Much work has...

nef’s Prevention Papers

cite Richard Freeman’s early work in seeking to renew an agenda for prevention in social and public policy… Ian Gough’s ‘Understanding prevention policy’, written for the new economics foundation, begins by noting the relative absence of...

‘Aaron, why only sometimes?’

pointed to the relevance of Wildavsky’s work for practice-based approaches to policy studies… The paper, given to the Interpretive Policy Analysis conference in Tilburg in July 2012, began by citing a passage from Craftways: ‘The imposition of order...

Knowledge in Policy: embodied, inscribed, enacted

Knowledge in Policy is contracted to appear in late 2013, edited by Richard Freeman and Steve Sturdy and published by Policy Press… Knowledge in Policy: embodied, inscribed, enacted introduces a new way of thinking about knowledge, not in terms of its content or...

Evidence, policy – and practice

Richard Freeman, Steven Griggs and Annette Boaz edited a recent special issue of Evidence and Policy on the practice of policy making… Both evidence and policy – separately and together – derive meaning from an implied other, third term: that of...