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The world of indicators : the making of governmental knowledge through quantification

Author: Richard Rottenburg
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : 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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The twenty-first century has seen a further dramatic increase in the use of quantitative knowledge for governing social life after its explosion in the 1980s. Indicators and rankings play an increasing role in the way governmental and non-governmental organizations distribute attention, make decisions, and allocate scarce resources. Quantitative knowledge promises to be more objective and straightforward as well as  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Rottenburg
ISBN: 9781107086227 1107086221 9781107450837 1107450837
OCLC Number: 910536720
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvi, 359 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: A world of indicators : the making of governmental knowledge through quantification / Richard Rottenburg and Sally Engle Merry --
The flight of the indicator / Theodore M. Porter --
Narrating numbers / Wendy Espeland --
By their own account : (quantitative) accountability, numerical reflexivity and the National Prosecuting Authority in South Africa / Johanna Mugler --
Failure by the numbers? Settlement statistics as indicators of state performance in South African land restitution / Olaf Zenker --
Doing the transparent state : open government data as performance indicators / Evelyn Ruppert --
Charting the road to eradication : health facility data and malaria indicator generation in rural Tanzania / Rene Gerrets --
'Nobody is going to die' : an ethnography of hope, indicators and improvizations in HIV treatment programmes in Uganda / Sung-Joon Park --
Financial indicators and the global financial crash / Andrew Farlow --
New global visions of microfinance : the construction of markets from indicators / Barbara Grimpe --
Spirits of neoliberalism : 'competitiveness' and wellbeing' indicators as rival orders of worth / William Davies --
Climate change vulnerability indicators : from noise to signal / Till Sterzel, Boris Orlowsky, Hannah Förster, Anja Weber and Dennis Eucker --
Retroaction : how indicators feed back onto quantified actors / Alain Desrosières (1940-2013).
Series Title: Cambridge studies in law and society.
Responsibility: edited by Richard Rottenburg, Sally E. Merry, Sung-Joon Park and Johanna Mugler.

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Explores the proliferation of indicators and the resulting transformations in entanglements between social science, markets and politics in public life.  Read more...

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