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Governance by IndicatorsGlobal Power through Quantification and Rankings$
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Kevin Davis, Angelina Fisher, Benedict Kingsbury, and Sally Engle Merry

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199658244

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658244.001.0001

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The Dynamism of Indicators *

The Dynamism of Indicators *

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Governance by Indicators

Wendy Nelson Espeland

Michael Sauder

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the ‘dynamism’ of indicators, which depends on several factors. It describes ‘successful’ indicators as authoritative or significant, since they gather networks of technologies, constituents, and things. It then presents three case studies that study the sets of indicators of higher educational institutions, namely the transnational rankings of business schools, world university rankings, and US law school rankings. This chapter also takes a look at certain psychological and social factors that turn numbers and rankings as transitive, definite, and simplifying heuristics.

Keywords:   dynamism, successful indicators, higher educational institutions, heuristics

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