Governance Metrics: Why “Fictitious” Numbers Can Be Useful

What do Stalinist-era accounting practices in Hungary, financial reports, and post-WWII U.S. property tax assessments have in common with measuring governance/corruption? More than we think, if we take the argument advanced by a former professor of mine Martha Lampland seriously. In a working paper (PDF) published recently, Lampland (a historical anthropologist) suggests that numbers are…

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Introducing Indaba: RFP for New Research Technology

UPDATE: See the Indaba project website at http://getindaba.org Global Integrity is seeking bids for the design and build of Indaba, a new browser-based research platform. Indaba will be the Global Integrity’s third generation of research software allowing rapid, flexible collaboration on research and reporting. A bit about Global Integrity and technology… Global Integrity works in…

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