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The rise and rise of indicators : their history and geography

Author: Stephen Morse
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book makes indicators more accessible, in terms of what they are, who created them and how they are used. It examines the subjectivity and human frailty behind these quintessentially hard' and technical measures of the world. To achieve this goal, The Rise and Rise of Indicators presents the world in terms of a selected set of indicators. The emphasis is upon the origins of the indicators and the motivation  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Morse, Stephen, 1957- author.
Rise and rise of indicators
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019
(DLC) 2019002662
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Morse
ISBN: 1315226677 9781315226675 9781351850827 1351850822 9781351850841 1351850849 9781351850834 1351850830
OCLC Number: 1090278843
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: The world in numbers --
Economic indices --
Human development index --
Ecological footprint --
Environmental performance index --
Poverty, inequality and vulnerability indices --
Happy planet index --
Corruption perception index --
Seeking relationships --
Where are we going?
Responsibility: Stephen Morse.

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This book makes indicators more accessible, in terms of what they are, who created them and how they are used. It examines the subjectivity and human frailty behind these quintessentially hard' and technical measures of the world. To achieve this goal, The Rise and Rise of Indicators presents the world in terms of a selected set of indicators. The emphasis is upon the origins of the indicators and the motivation behind their creation and evolution. The ideas and assumptions behind the indicators are made transparent to demonstrate how changes to them can dramatically alter the ranking of countries that emerge. They are, after all, human constructs and thus embody human biases. The book concludes by examining the future of indicators and the author sets out some possible trajectories, including the growing emphasis on indicators as important tools in the Sustainable Development Goals that have been set for the world up until 2030. This is a valuable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the areas of economics, sociology, geography, environmental studies, development studies, area studies, business studies, politics and international relations.

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