From Plato to Performance

  • Peter Dahler-Larsen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 233-255

About this book


The notion of quality features prominently in contemporary discourse. Numerous ratings, rankings, metrics, auditing, accreditation, benchmarking, smileys, reviews, and international comparisons are all used regularly to capture quality. This book paves the way in exploring the socio-political implications of evaluative statements, with a specific focus on the contribution of the concept of quality to these processes. Drawing on perspectives from the history of ideas, sociology, political science and public management, Dahler-Larsen asks what is the role of quality, and more specifically quality inscriptions, such as measurement? What do they accomplish? And finally, as a consequence of all this, does the term quality make it possible to deal with public issues in a way that lives up to democratic standards?

This cross-disciplinary book will be of interest to scholars and students across various fields, including sociology, social epistemology, political science, public policy, and evaluation. 


Rankings Metrices Metrix Quality of life Organizations Evaluation Management Sociology of knowledge

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Dahler-Larsen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-10391-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-10392-7
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