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The Politics of Numbers is the first major study of the social and political forces behind the nation's statistics. In more than a dozen essays, its editors and authors look at the controversies and choices embodied in key decisions about how we count—in measuring the state of the economy, for example, or enumerating ethnic groups. They also examine the implications of an expanding system of official data collection, of new computer technology, and of the shift of information resources into the private sector.

A Volume in the Russell Sage Foundation Census Series

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. William Alonso, Paul Starr
  3. pp. 1-6
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  1. The Sociology of Official Statistics
  2. Paul Starr
  3. pp. 7-58
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  1. Part I. The Politics of Economic Measurement
  2. pp. 59-60
  1. Chapter 1. The Politics of Comparative Economic Statistics: Three Cultures and Three Cases
  2. Raymond Vernon
  3. pp. 61-82
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  1. Chapter 2. The Politics of Income Measurement
  2. Christopher Jencks
  3. pp. 83-132
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  1. Chapter 3. Political Purpose and the National Accounts
  2. Mark Perlman
  3. pp. 133-152
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  1. Part II. The Politics of Population Measurement
  2. pp. 153-154
  1. Chapter 4. The 1980 Census in Historical Perspective
  2. Margo A. Conk
  3. pp. 155-186
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  1. Chapter 5. Politics and the Measurement of Ethnicity
  2. William Petersen
  3. pp. 187-234
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  1. Chapter 6. The Social and Political Context of Population Forecasting
  2. Nathan Keyfitz
  3. pp. 235-258
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  1. Part III. Statistics and Democratic Politics
  2. pp. 259-260
  1. Chapter 7. Public Statistics and Democractic Politics
  2. Kenneth Prewitt
  3. pp. 261-274
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  1. Chapter 8. The Political Foundations of American Statistical Policy
  2. Steven Kelman
  3. pp. 275-302
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  1. Chapter 9. Statistics and the Politics of Minority Representation: The Evolution of the Voting Rights Act Since 1965
  2. Abigail Thernstrom
  3. pp. 303-328
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  1. Part IV. Statistics and American Federalism
  2. pp. 329-330
  1. Chapter 10. The Politics of Printouts: The Use of Official Numbers to Allocate Federal Grants-in-Aid
  2. Richard P. Nathan
  3. pp. 331-342
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  1. Chapter 11. Federal Statistics in Local Governments
  2. Judith de Neufville
  3. pp. 343-362
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  1. Chapter 12. The Managed Irrelevance of Federal Education Statistics
  2. Janet A. Weiss, Judith E. Gruber
  3. pp. 363-392
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  1. Part V. The New Political Economy of Statistics
  2. pp. 393-394
  1. Chapter 13. Technology, Costs, and the New Economics of Statistics
  2. Joseph W. Duncan
  3. pp. 395-414
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  1. Chapter 14. Who Will Have the Numbers? The Rise of the Statistical Services Industry and the Politics of Public Data
  2. Paul Starr, Ross Corson
  3. pp. 415-448
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  1. Name Index
  2. pp. 449-460
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 461-474
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781610440028
Related ISBN
9780871540157
MARC Record
OCLC
915134956
Pages
496
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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