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How numbers rule the world, the use and abuse of statistics in global politics, Lorenzo Fioramonti

In this eye-opening book, Lorenzo Fioramonti provides a much-needed critique of the current 'data fever', showing both the direct consequences and indirect implications of the increasing power of numbers. At the same time, it investigates innovative attempts to resist the invasion of mainstream statistics by providing alternative measurements or rejecting quantification altogether. An innovative and timely exposé of the politics, power and contestation of numbers in everyday life
Table Of Contents
Front cover; Economic Controversies; About the author; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; INTRODUCTION The politics of statistics; 1 The power of numbers; Numbers and politics; Trust in numbers; Numbers, markets and democracy; 2 New global rulers: the untameable power of credit rating; Credit rating agencies: from market analysts to oligopolists; Behind the numbers: a shady business; The politics of ratings and the global financial crisis; Ratings and irrationality; 3 Fiddling while the planet burns: the marketization of climate change
Literary Form
non fiction
Description based upon print version of record
Physical Description
1 online resource (281 p.)
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