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The power of a single number : a political history of GDP

Author: Philipp Lepenies
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2016]
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Since it was first widely used in the mid-twentieth century, GDP has become the most powerful statistical indicator of our time. Practically all governments adhere to the idea that GDP growth is a primary political target. And while criticism of this hegemonic measure has grown over the past decade, neither its champions nor its detractors deny its central importance in our political culture. In The Power of a  Read more...
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Lepenies, Philipp, 1971-
Power of a single number.
New York : Columbia University Press, [2016]
(DLC) 2015034785
(OCoLC)930681933
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Philipp Lepenies
ISBN: 9780231541435 0231541430 0231175108 9780231175104
OCLC Number: 948755087
Description: 1 online resource (1 online resouce (xiv, 186 pages))
Contents: Introduction --
What it's all about : a short primer on GDP --
William petty and political arithmetic : the origins of GDP --
The frustrations of Colin Clark : England --
Simon Kuznets and the politics of gross national product : the United States --
War, kidnapping, and data theft : Germany --
The ultimate triumph of gross national product --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Index.
Other Titles: Macht der einen Zahl.
Responsibility: Philipp Lepenies ; translated by Jeremy Gaines.

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Translation of: Die Macht der einen Zahl: einen politische Geschichte des Bruttoinlandsprodukts.  Read more...

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It is an amazing but little-remarked fact that governments all over the world take as their top economic objective the increase of one number: gross domestic product. Philipp Lepenies traces how this Read more...

 
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