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Rankings and Reactivity: How Public Measures Recreate Social Worlds

Espeland, Wendy; Sauder, Michael


Recently, there has been a proliferation of measures responding to demands for accountability and transparency. Using the example of media rankings of law schools, this article argues that the methodological concept of reactivity - the idea that people change their behavior in reaction to being evaluated, observed, or measured- offers a useful lens for disclosing how these measures effect change. A framework is proposed for investigating the consequences, both intended and unintended, of public...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: American Journal of Sociology
DOI: 10.1086/517897


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