Enumerated entities in public policy and governance

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Abstract

A poster promoting policy change in Australia’s fisheries, which features a list of seven numbers in its effort to persuade, serves as occasion to do ontology. A performativist analytic is mobilized to show the mutual entanglements of politics and epistemics within which these numbers, agential in policy, come to life. Three distinct types of entanglement are revealed. Numbers have different political valences, and mathematicians need to attend to these in order to act responsibly as mathematicians.

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Verran, H. (2015). Enumerated entities in public policy and governance. In Mathematics, Substance and Surmise: Views on the Meaning and Ontology of Mathematics (pp. 365–379). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-21473-3_18

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