How Numbers Rule the World (Economic Controversies)

How Numbers Rule the World (Economic Controversies)

Lorenzo Fioramonti


even if we love it or now not, numbers run our lives. each day, our intake styles, academic offerings or even sexual personal tastes are translated into information. whole nations' economies depend upon rankings formulated via inner most organizations. those numbers, figures and knowledge are strong simply because they're appeared to be an aim illustration of truth. yet is that this fairly so? during this eye-opening publication, Lorenzo Fioramonti argues that, opposite to what many think, numbers are constructs that may be simply manipulated to serve the pursuits of political elites and proponents of marketplace fundamentalism. Drawing on a wide selection of case experiences - from credit standing organizations to carbon buying and selling, weather swap to improvement spending - Fioramonti offers a much-needed critique of the present 'data fever', exhibiting either the direct results and oblique implications of the expanding strength of numbers. even as, it investigates cutting edge makes an attempt to withstand the invasion of mainstream facts by way of supplying replacement measurements or rejecting quantification altogether. An leading edge and well timed exposé of the politics, energy and contestation of numbers in daily life.

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