The Power of a Single Number: A Political History of GDP

The Power of a Single Number: A Political History of GDP

by Philipp Lepenies


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231175104
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 11.90(h) x 9.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Philipp Lepenies is guest professor for social science at the Free University of Berlin. His research focuses on the success of economic ideas and concepts in politics. He is also the author of Art, Politics, and Development: How Linear Perspective Shaped Policies in the Western World (2013).

Table of Contents

1. What It's All About: A Short Primer on GDP
2. William Petty and Political Arithmetic: The Origins of GDP
3. The Frustrations of Colin Clark: England
4. Simon Kuznets and the Politics of Gross National Product: The United States
5. War, Kidnapping, and Data Theft: Germany
6. The Ultimate Triumph of Gross National Product

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