not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
– William Bruce Cameron
Global benchmarking in world politics centres on the comparative assessment of actors and institutions in terms of their:
quality of conduct
quality of design
quality of outcomes
The GLOBAL BENCHMARKING PROJECT analyses benchmarking as a transnational practice to monitor, assess, and change performance.
1. Country performance
Aim: to investigate the use of benchmarks to judge national performance across an increasingly wide range of policy domains.
3. Global transparency
Aim: to analyse the political dynamics linking changes in transparency norms with global benchmarking.
4. Causal logics
Aim: to establish why some global benchmarks are more powerful than others in shaping political agendas.