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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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Re-Construction of Private Indicators for Public Purposes *

Re-Construction of Private Indicators for Public Purposes *

(p.165) 7 Re-Construction of Private Indicators for Public Purposes*
Governance by Indicators

Katharina Pistor

Oxford University Press

This chapter studies the history of the first generation of indicators of governmental institutional quality. These (international) indicators include labels such as ‘bureaucratic efficiency’ and ‘rule of law.’ This discussion also addresses the argument that it is the reversal, and not the creation, of indicators designed to justify large-scale development policies by leading multilateral agencies that is problematic. This chapter emphasizes the importance of using alternative data sets and making raw data easily available, in order to challenge the present assumptions instead of merely aiming to validate them and the policy choices with which they are associated with.

Keywords:   first generation indicators, governmental institutional quality, development policies, multilateral agencies, alternative data sets, raw data

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