The Dynamism of Indicators<sup>*</sup>

Wendy Nelson Espeland and Michael Sauder

in Governance by Indicators

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199658244
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949915 | DOI:
The Dynamism of Indicators*

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This chapter discusses the ‘dynamism’ of indicators, which depends on several factors. It describes ‘successful’ indicators as authoritative or significant, since they gather networks of technologies, constituents, and things. It then presents three case studies that study the sets of indicators of higher educational institutions, namely the transnational rankings of business schools, world university rankings, and US law school rankings. This chapter also takes a look at certain psychological and social factors that turn numbers and rankings as transitive, definite, and simplifying heuristics.

Keywords: dynamism; successful indicators; higher educational institutions; heuristics

Chapter.  11631 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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