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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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Widely used since the mid-twentieth century, GDP (gross domestic product) has become the world's most powerful statistical indicator of national development and progress. Practically all governments adhere to the idea that GDP growth is a primary economic target, and while criticism of this measure has grown, neither its champions nor its detractors deny its central importance in our political culture. In The Power  Read more...
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Named Person: William Petty; John Maynard Keynes; Simon Smith Kuznets
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philipp Lepenies
ISBN: 9780231175104 0231175108
OCLC Number: 953133945
Notes: Originaltitel: Die Macht der einen Zahl
Translated by Jeremy Gaines
Introduction1. What It's All About: A Short Primer on GDP2. William Petty and Political Arithmetic: The Origins of GDP3. The Frustrations of Colin Clark: England4. Simon Kuznets and the Politics of Gross National Product: The United States5. War, Kidnapping, and Data Theft: Germany6. The Ultimate Triumph of Gross National ProductConclusionNotesIndex
Description: 186 s.
Contents: Introduction 1. What It's All About: A Short Primer on GDP 2. William Petty and Political Arithmetic: The Origins of GDP 3. The Frustrations of Colin Clark: England 4. Simon Kuznets and the Politics of Gross National Product: The United States 5. War, Kidnapping, and Data Theft: Germany 6. The Ultimate Triumph of Gross National Product Conclusion Notes Index

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

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