In this seminar, I introduce the concept of weak expertise and show how university rankers are an example of a weak yet influential expert.
Based on a long field study and interviews with key respondents, I show how rankers build up their expertise as the result of a constantly negotiated balance of relevance, reliability, and robustness in the production of their ranking devices and events.
Ranking makers face difficult choices – they need to produce better instruments that are seen as reliable and comparable through time, rankings that are based on robust data, but also rankings that are relevant to their main target audiences. The choices that rankers make are reflected in the different networks of actors and devices that they use.
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