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Conventions for measuring and questioning policies : the case of 50 years of policy evaluations through a statistical survey

Konventionen für das Messen und die Prüfung von Policies : 50 Jahre Policy Evaluationen auf der Grundlage eines statistischen Surveys
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Thévenot , Laurent

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Abstract "Statistics are used to make critical judgments about society and fuel policy debates through different configurations that link together three components: a) the questioning of policy appropriateness and fairness; b) the categories and statistical tools used in evaluations; c) the economic, social and political theories invoked in interpretations and explanations. Using convention theory and the sociology of engagements, the article offers a perspective view of how these configurations have changed over nearly half a century in France, based on a single statistical source. This approach to 'the politics of statistics' identifies four main configurations around four main measurements of human characteristics: social origin, occupational skills, human capital, migration history." (author's abstract)
Keywords discrimination; ethnic structure; statistics; historical development; human capital; migration; objectivity; social class; social inequality; social background
Classification Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods
Method descriptive study; historical
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 192-217
Journal Historical Social Research, 36 (2011) 4
Issue topic Conventions and institutions from a historical perspective / Konventionen und Institutionen in historischer Perspektive
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works