Theory Seminar: Ethnography as an approach to studying global policy regimes?
At a time when changing world orders, new actors, and new technologies transform global policy regimes, I argue that a methodology for studying such regimes ethnographically seems to be emerging across various disciplines. In this paper, I seek to contribute to the dialogue on ethnographic and practice-oriented approaches to power and politics that is growing across various disciplines, and provide some common ground for this dialogue. Secondly, I focus on methodological discussions concerning how to approach the highly complex global policy processes that are currently developing. What are the appropriate empirical scale(s) and units of analysis of a global political ethnography? How do we identify sites, encounters, situations and materials where ethnographic approaches can generate different and maybe more critical insights than more conventional approaches? And how are the voices and practices of actors operating at different scales and in different sites balanced and connected in the policy analysis?