The Institutionalization Effect of Global Indicators

The proliferation of rankings, indices, indicators and other forms of mostly quantified knowledge is an emerging field of research across different disciplines. Beyond their external effects, which are often at the centre of attention in these studies, indicators also have social functions for their producers – often international organisations. One of the main claims of the project is that the production and communication of indicators has become integral to the social reproduction of international organisation. This means, for the sake of internal and external (self-)legitimation, competition with other organisations and as vital means of communication, indicators have become indispensable.

Keywords  International Organizations; Organization theory; Governmentality; Indicators