How Numbers Rule the World : The Use and Abuse of Statistics in Global Politics
In How Numbers Rule the World, Lorenzo Fioramonti reveals the hidden agendas underpinning the use of statistics and those who control them. Most worryingly, he shows how numbers have been used as a means to reinforce the grip of markets on our social and political life, curtailing public participation and rational debate.
An innovative and timely expose of the politics, power and contestation of numbers.
- Hardback | 280 pages
- 138 x 216 x 25.4mm | 453.59g
- 04 Feb 2014
- ZED BOOKS LTD
- London, United Kingdom
- black & white line drawings, figures
Other books in this series
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01 Dec 2014
06 Mar 2014
09 Apr 2013
Table of contents
1. The power of numbers
2. New global rulers: the untameable power of credit rating
3. Fiddling while the planet burns: the marketization of climate change
4. Measuring the unmeasurable: the financialization of nature
5. Numbers for good? The quest for aid effectiveness and social impact
Conclusion: Rethinking numbers, rethinking governance
David Boyle, author of The Tyranny of Numbers
'This book is a thoughtful political economic analysis of how our fates have come to be determined by a few numbers, and how these numbers have been shaped by a few people. If we want a vibrant and responsive politics, we'll need to know where it has been enclosed by the world's powerful accountants. Fioramonti's book provides an excellent map.'
Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy
'Timely and original, scholarly without ostentation, often scathing, Lorenzo Fioramonti's field guide to the prejudices, assumptions, financial interests and ideology that lurk behind the most innocent-seeming numbers equips us to challenge their spurious authority. Faith in numbers has helped to wreck the financial system, masked fraud and criminal activity, allowed the world's richest people to meddle in the "development" of societies they know nothing about and could lead us to damage our earthly habitat beyond recall. If you want to learn what numbers reveal and conceal; what can and, above all, can't be measured, don't trust the "experts" - read How Numbers Rule the World and become an expert yourself.'
Susan George, author of Whose Crisis, Whose Future? and President of the Board, Transnational Institute
About Lorenzo Fioramonti