Project Area B

Formation and Framing of Decision-Making

What links the seven subprojects of Project Area B is how they addressed the fundamental conditions of the constitution and framing of decision-making. That is, they concentrated on the question of whether a particular action is at all shaped, staged and interpreted as decision-making, as well as whether a particular object is at all decidable or in need of decision. The subprojects therefore examined situations in which essential constitutive conditions of decision-making were themselves questioned and not clearly decided in advance, such that among the actors themselves there might be or might have been diverse understandings.

B01 Dilatory Action as a Technique of Rule in the High and Late Middle Ages Keupp
B02 Problematic Procedures: Criticism and Reflection of the Decision-Making Practices in the Medieval Inquisition of Heretics (ca. 1230-1330) Steckel
B03 Decisions without Alternatives? The Establishment of the Spanish Inquisition during the Reign of the Catholic Monarchs Drews
B04 Decisions about Truth and the Pressure to Take a Position: The Communicative Production of Needs for Decision-Making in the Early Reformation Pohlig
B05 Political Decision-Making on Security in British Parliamentarism, 16th to 19th centuries Ahmann/ Krischer
B06 The Differentiation of Policy Fields: Economic-Political Decision-Making in German Territories and States in the 18th and 19th Centuries Pfister
B07 The Framing of Political Decision-Making in the Post-Colonial State-Building Process: Argentina and Mexico in the First Half of the 19th Century Hensel