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Bergen was the venue for the first World Social Science Forum, arranged by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and attended by nearly 800 people.  Twenty-four parallel sessions tackled contemporary issues in the social sciences. The keynote address  ‘Challenges for the Social Sciences in the New Century’ was given by Amartya Sen.

Programme Director Christopher Hood spoke on the panel, ’Rankings and Reactions: The Comparative Politics of International Rankings’.  He highlighted three puzzles relating to the supply and demand of international governance rankings, such as why demand for such rankings seems to be growing when all the social science research tends to emphasize their limitations as a summative tool.

Christopher Hood and Ruth Dixon also presented posters on the programme’s work on rankings (pdf) and one on a comparative analysis of press responses to the PISA educational study in the UK, France and Germany (pdf) .

Recordings of all of the plenary and parallel sessions can be found on the ISSC website. Christopher Hood’s presentation is available in Session S4, Sunday May 10 Rankings and Reactions: The Comparative Politics of International Rankings. Christopher’s talk starts about 5 minutes after the start of the audio file. His PowerPoint presentation can be found on the same page.