For a long time, studies on governance, the rule of law and, to a lesser extent, corruption had modest sophistication in their use of quantitative measures, including scales, ranks and other like indices. More recently, however, these studies are catching up with systematic and multidisciplinary analysis on the role and impact of such measures. Building on their previous work,1 the editors of The Quiet Power of Indicators advance the analytical inquiry by examining how indicators are used to contextualize and comparatively interpret the levels of political freedom, good governance, the rule of law and corporate responsibility. What distinguishes the approach they use in this book from comparable literature is the special focus on how indicators of governance through law are created, disseminated and used, and their respective effects. Unlike most works on...

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