Title
A politico-administrative agenda for progress in social measurement: reforming the calculation of government's contribution to GDP A politico-administrative agenda for progress in social measurement: reforming the calculation of government's contribution to GDP
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
Journal of comparative policy analysis
Volume/pages
11(2009) :3 , p. 309-327
ISSN
1572-5448
ISI
000208055800002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article is about progress in social measurement. I argue that, to improve measurement practices, we must supplement the technical agenda and the conceptual agenda with a politico-administrative agenda. The case study is a reform programme of calculating Gross Domestic Product (GDP) - abandoning the zero-hypothesis for government activity - the implementation of which is lagging behind. The article seeks answers for the implementation problems in the reform's statistical impact on GDP growth, the institutionalization of GDP, and the potential for gaming. The article concludes with a discussion on how measurement agendas can be better combined in order to make progress in social measurement.
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