Book Review: The Quiet Power of Indicators - Measuring Governance, Corruption and the Rule of Law

Authors

  • John Cipperly Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law

Keywords:

Rule of Law, Corruption, Governance, Public Administration

Abstract

Book review of Sally Engle Merry, Kevin E. Davis and Benedict Kingsbury, eds. The Quiet Power of Indicators, Measuring Governance, Corruption and Rule of Law. New York, NY. Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp. 369, ISBN 978-1-107-07520-7 $34.99.

The Quiet Power of Indicators – Measuring Governance, Corruption and the Rule of Law explores the exercise of power through indicators as “technologies of governance” (Merry, Davis, Kingsbury, 2015). The authors examine the production, deployment, and contestation of indicators through case studies, some of which focus on the production and the promulgation of global indicators and others which focus on indicators applied in context. The collection of articles is framed in two parts, the first of which examines some of the most prominent governance indicators, their origins, and their deployment. The second part of the collection features country-specific case studies on use of indicators and the consequences. The introductory and concluding chapters situate this collection of articles within the late scholarship on governance indicators. 

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Author Biography

John Cipperly, Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law

John Cipperly is a Master's degree candidate at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law. He worked for more than 10 years on Governance, Corruption and Rule of Law programs funded by USAID and other donors.

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Published

14-12-2016

How to Cite

Cipperly, J. (2016) “Book Review: The Quiet Power of Indicators - Measuring Governance, Corruption and the Rule of Law”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 6(5), pp. 1174–1178. Available at: https://opo.iisj.net/index.php/osls/article/view/772 (Accessed: 27 June 2022).