Governing by Numbers - Key Indicators and the Politics of Expectations. An Introduction

Walter Bartl, Christian Papilloud & Audrey Terracher-Lipinki
In this special issue of Historical Social Research, indicators are considered epistemic devices that render the world governable by quantification. While endowed with an aura of objectivity, indicators are not neutral devices. Instead they transform the world they claim to describe. Against the backdrop of a global proliferation of indicators, we argue in favour of research that strategically focuses on the processes that lead to the institutionalisation and systematic use of key indicators in politics...
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