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The new politics of numbers: utopia, evidence and democracy

Mennicken, Andrea ORCID: 0000-0002-5658-7678 and Salais, Robert, eds. (2022) The new politics of numbers: utopia, evidence and democracy. Executive Politics and Governance. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, CH. ISBN 9783030782009

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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-3-030-78201-6


This open access book offers unique insight into how and where ideas and instruments of quantification have been adopted, and how they have come to matter. Rather than asking what quantification is, New Politics of Numbers explores what quantification does, its manifold consequences in multiple domains. It scrutinizes the power of numbers in terms of the changing relations between numbers and democracy, the politics of evidence, and dreams and schemes of bettering society. The book engages Foucault inspired studies of quantification and the economics of convention in a critical dialogue. In so doing, it provides a rich account of the plurality of possible ways in which numbers have come to govern, highlighting not only their disciplinary effects, but also the collective mobilization capacities quantification can offer. This book will be invaluable reading for academics and graduate students in a wide variety of disciplines, as well as policymakers interested in the opportunities and pitfalls of governance by numbers.

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Additional Information: © 2022 The Editors and The Authors
Divisions: Accounting
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
Date Deposited: 30 May 2022 14:36
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 22:35

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