What is it about?
Large-scale comparisons and rankings like OECD's PISA aim to represent the state of affairs and provide information for governments to take decisions. While such invariably reductionist exercises can provide useful information, there is a danger that the complex worlds these exercises represent themselves are remade in the image of the reductionist representations. This paper uses the story of 18th Century German forestry management practices to illustrate how such fiscally-focused quantification processes might lead to irreversible damage in the long run.
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