Measuring Difference, Measuring Everything: The UN’s Development Agenda
Recipes for creating economic development have changed radically since the international community first thought to intervene in such historical processes soon after WWII. During this time, views about how to measure development have also changed dramatically, moving from relatively simple to relatively complex measurement systems. This seminar charts these changes from using GNP per head to the Sustainable Development Goals and analyses the potential performativity of those numbers in prompting and guiding development, and for creating accountability.
Mary S. Morgan is Albert O. Hirschman Professor of History and Philosophy of Economics at The London School of Economics. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and an Overseas Fellow of the KNAW.
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