Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Measurement instruments and policies in Africa

Cabane, Lydie and Tantchou, Josiane (2016) Measurement instruments and policies in Africa. Revue d'Anthropologie des Connaissances, 10 (2). ISSN 1760-5393

PDF - Published Version
Download (637kB) | Preview


Measurement instruments are increasingly important in the contemporary government of African. They are central to the rise of economic performance as a tool for reforming development aid and states. This has led to the emergence of new intervention methods (including experimentation and quantification) and generated political reconfigurations. These tools mobilise specific knowledge and experts, and put states in ambiguous positions. States must respect the technical infrastructure of international interventions, but they are also able to manoeuvre into favourable positions, especially with respect to their populations. Instruments also make “infiltration” possible: international donors no longer impose conditions from the outside, but prefer to act from within African states through techniques, measurements, standards, evaluation tools and specific terminology.

Item Type: Article
Official URL:
Additional Information: © 2016 S.A.C.
Divisions: Centre for Analysis of Risk & Regulation
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2016 13:12
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2023 17:48
Projects: EngtN°00023969
Funders: Josiane Tantchou the Fondation de France, CERMES3

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics