Governance by Indicators: Global Power through Quantification and Rankings

Paperback | June 21, 2015

EditorKevin Davis, Angelina Fisher, Benedict Kingsbury

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The use of indicators as a technique of global governance is increasing rapidly. Major examples include the World Bank's Doing Business Indicators, the World Bank's Good Governance and Rule of Law indicators, the Millennium Development Goals, and the indicators produced by TransparencyInternational. Human rights indicators are being developed in the UN and regional and advocacy organizations. The burgeoning production and use of indicators has not, however, been accompanied by systematic comparative study of, or reflection on, the implications, possibilities, and pitfalls of thispractice.This book furthers the study of these issues by examining the production and history of indicators, as well as relationships between the producers, users, subjects, and audiences of indicators. It also explores the creation, use, and effects of indicators as forms of knowledge and as mechanisms ofmaking and implementing decisions in global governance. Using insights from case studies, empirical work, and theoretical approaches from several disciplines, the book identifies legal, policy, and normative implications of the production and use of indicators as a tool of global governance.

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The use of indicators as a technique of global governance is increasing rapidly. Major examples include the World Bank's Doing Business Indicators, the World Bank's Good Governance and Rule of Law indicators, the Millennium Development Goals, and the indicators produced by TransparencyInternational. Human rights indicators are being de...

Kevin Davis is Beller Family Professor of Business Law at New York University's School of Law. Angelina Fisher is Programme Director at NYU's Institute for International Law and Business. Benedict Kingsbury is Murray and Ida Becker Professor of Law at New York University's School of Law. Sally Engle Merry is Professor of Anthropology,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:504 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:June 21, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Kevin Davis, Benedict Kingsbury, and Sally Merry: Governance by Indicators2. Wendy Nelson Espeland and Michael Sauder: The Dynamism of Indicators3. Armin von Bogdandy and Matthias Goldmann: Taming and Framing Indicators: A Legal Reconstruction of the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)4. Christopher Stone: Problems of Power in the Design of Indicators of Safety and Justice in the Global South5. Angelina Fisher: Immunization Coverage Indicators: Technology of Public Health Governance6. Nehal Bhuta: State Failure: The U.S. Fund for Peace Failed States Index7. Ronen Shamir and Dana Weiss: Corporations, Indicators, and Human Rights: A Material Semiotics View8. Sarah Dadush: Trends in Mission-Driven Funding: New Impact Indicators for a New Impact Industry9. Terence C. Halliday: Legal Yardsticks: International Financial Institutions As Legal Diagnosticians and Remedial Agents10. AnnJanette Rosga and Margaret L. Satterthwaite: Measuring Human Rights: U.N. Indicators in Critical Perspective11. Rene Uruena: Internally Displaced Population in Colombia: A Case Study on the Domestic Aspects of Indicators as Technologies of Global Governance12. Anne Gallagher and Janie Chuang: The Use of Indicators to Measure Government Responses to Human Trafficking13. Marina Zaloznaya and John Hagan: Fighting Human Trafficking or Instituting Authoritarian Control? The Political Cooptation of Human Rights Protection in Belarus14. Margaret L. Satterthwaite: Rights-Based Humanitarian Indicators in Post-Earthquake Haiti15. Nikhil K. Dutta: Accountability in the Generation of Governance Indicators16. Tim Buthe: Beyond Supply and Demand: A Political-Economic Conceptual Model of Measurement Standards for Global Markets17. Sabino Cassese and Lorenzo Casini: Public Regulation of Global Indicators

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"...this insightful volume aims to open up new avenues of thought and scholarship in international law and politics, comparative law and public and private global regulation." --Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers