Ranking the World

Grading States as a Tool of Global Governance

by Alexander Cooley,

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  • 9781107098138
  • 9781316310656
  • 9781316290019
Over the last decade, international rankings have emerged as a critical tool used by international actors engaged in global governance. State practices and performance are now judged by a number of high-profile indices, including assessments of their levels of corruption, quality of democracy, creditworthiness, media freedom, and business environment. However, these rankings always carry value judgments, methodological choices, and implicit political agendas. This volume expertly addresses the important analytical, normative, and policy issues associated with the contemporary practice of 'grading states'. The chapters explore how rankings affect our perceptions of state performance, how states react to being ranked, why some rankings exert more global influence than others, and how states have come to strategize and respond to these public judgments. The book also critically examines how treating state rankings like popular consumer choice indices may actually lead policymakers to internalize questionable normative assumptions and lead to poorer, not improved, public policy outcomes.
  • Cambridge University Press; April 2015
  • ISBN: 9781316310656
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  • Title: Ranking the World
  • Author: Alexander Cooley (ed.); Jack Snyder (ed.)
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781107098138
  • 9781316310656
  • 9781316290019

In The Press

'Ranking the World is a truly unique contribution - the 'top ranked' book of its kind since I cannot think of another quite like it. It is a must read for anyone interested in the increasingly important politics of rankings in international relations.' Peter Andreas, John Hay Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Brown University, Rhode Island