By Peter Andreas, ed.
Giant, interesting numbers are often utilized in coverage debates and media reporting: "At least 200,000-250,000 humans died within the conflict in Bosnia." "There are 3 million baby squaddies in Africa." "More than 650,000 civilians were killed a result of U.S. profession of Iraq." "Between 600,000 and 800,000 girls are trafficked throughout borders each year." "Money laundering represents up to 10 percentage of worldwide GDP." "Internet baby porn is a $20 billion-a-year industry."Peter Andreas and Kelly M. Greenhill see just one challenge: those numbers are most likely fake. Their persevered use and abuse replicate a miles better and troubling development: policymakers and the media naively or intentionally settle for hugely politicized and questionable statistical claims approximately actions which are tremendous tough to degree. for this reason, we too usually turn into trapped via those legendary numbers, with perverse and counterproductive consequences.This challenge exists in myriad coverage geographical regions. however it is especially stated in statistics relating to the politically charged geographical regions of world crime and conflict-numbers of individuals killed in massacres and through genocides, the dimensions of refugee flows, the importance of the illicit worldwide exchange in medicinal drugs and people, and so forth. In intercourse, medicines, and physique Counts, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, and coverage analysts severely study the murky origins of a few of those statistics and hint their awesome proliferation. in addition they investigate the normal metrics used to guage coverage effectiveness in battling difficulties similar to terrorist financing, intercourse trafficking, and the drug trade.Contributors: Peter Andreas, Brown collage; Thomas J. Biersteker, Graduate Institute of foreign and improvement Studies-Geneva; Sue E. Eckert, Brown collage; David A. Feingold, Ophidian examine Institute and UNESCO; H. Richard Friman, Marquette collage; Kelly M. Greenhill, Tufts collage and Harvard collage; John Hagan, Northwestern college; Lara J. Nettelfield, Institut Barcelona D'Estudis Internacionals and Simon Fraser collage; Wenona Rymond-Richmond, college of Massachusetts Amherst; Winifred Tate, Colby collage; Kay B. Warren, Brown collage
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Sex, Drugs, and Body Counts: The Politics of Numbers in Global Crime and Conflict by Peter Andreas, ed.