Indicators as a Technology of Global Governance 

Indicators as a Technology of Global Governance

December 5-7, 2012

National University of Singapore

The use of indicators is becoming an increasingly prominent feature of contemporary global governance. Many of the indicators rank the performance of states or national societies along various dimensions. Those rankings can have material effects, particularly in situations where they are used in deciding how to allocate foreign aid or investment, or in assessing whether states have complied with their international obligations. Many of these effects have already been felt
by Asian societies, organizations and governments, which are frequently ranked based on indicators produced outside the region.

Call for Papers
Submissions from both junior and senior scholars are invited on the themes such as:
‐ history of compilation and use of quantitative data for purposes of global governance;
‐ roles of indicators as a technology of global governance;
‐ significance of indicators in defining key concepts such as ‘rule of law’ and in defining
benchmarks of success or failure;
‐ analysis of who produces indicators, and why, and of participation, transparency and
review mechanisms;
production and use of indicators in South East Asia and in Asia more broadly (which
indicators currently count, and why, and what strategies may be pursued in the future?);
‐ forms of “governance by information” that serve as alternatives to indicators, including
reporting requirements, disclosure requirements, impact assessments, peer reviews,
investigations, formal fact-finding, and policy and performance evaluations;
‐ supply of and demand for indicators, and the nature and effects of competition in this
‐ relationship between information produced by global and local indicators and the
associated questions of translation, adaptation and appropriation;
‐ magnitude and distribution of the burden of producing information for governance
purposes, and effects of overloads of informational requirements;
‐ uses and impacts of indicators and their alternatives, including influence in national
policy processes and public debate and critique;
‐ relationship between indicators and international law; and
‐ regulation of the production or use of indicators.

An abstract of 150-500 words should be sent (in .pdf or .doc format) to Angelina Fisher ( by April 30, 2012. Abstracts must include a statement of the issue area of the paper, as well as an indication of the major arguments to be made, a proposed title, and postal, email and telephone contacts for the author.

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