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The quiet power of indicators : measuring governance, corruption, and the rule of law

Author: Sally Engle Merry; Kevin E Davis; Benedict Kingsbury
Publisher: New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2015. ©2015
Series: Cambridge studies in law and society.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Using a power-knowledge framework, this volume critically investigates how major global indicators of legal governance are produced, disseminated and used, and to what effect. Original case studies include Freedom House's Freedom in the World indicator, the Global Reporting Initiative's structure for measuring and reporting on corporate social responsibility, the World Justice Project's measurement of the rule of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sally Engle Merry; Kevin E Davis; Benedict Kingsbury
ISBN: 9781107075207 1107075203 9781107427877 1107427878
OCLC Number: 898594445
Description: xiv, 353 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : the local-global life of indicators : law, power and resistance / Kevin E. Davis, Benedict Kingsbury and Sally Engle Merry --
International organizations and the production of indicators : the case of Freedom House / Christopher G. Bradley --
Indicators and the law : a case study of the rule of law index / René Urueña --
Measuring corporate accountability through global indicators / Galit A. Sarfaty --
The quest for measuring development : the role of the indicator bank / Maria Angélica Prada Uribe --
Tradeoffs in accountability : conditionality processes in the European Union and Millennium Challenge Corporation / Nikhil Dutta --
Rule of law indicators as a political technology of power in Romania / Mihaela Serban --
Indicators, global expertise, and a local political drama : producing and deploying corruption perception data in post-socialist Albania / Smoki Musaraj --
Evaluating the impact of corruption indicators on governance discourses in Kenya / Migai Akech --
Measuring labour market efficiency : indicators that fuel an ideological war and undermine social concern and trust in the South African regulatory process / Debbie Collier and Paul Benjamin --
Conclusion : contesting global indicators / David Nelken.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in law and society.
Responsibility: edited by Sally Engle Merry, New York University ; Kevin E. Davis, New York University ; Benedict Kingsbury, New York University.

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This highly accessible volume investigates the rankings that increasingly define perceptions of countries' rule of law, governance, corruption, freedom, and democracy. Special attention is given to  Read more...

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