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Governance by IndicatorsGlobal Power through Quantification and Rankings$
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Kevin Davis, Angelina Fisher, Benedict Kingsbury, and Sally Engle Merry

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199658244

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658244.001.0001

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The Use of Indicators to Measure Government Responses to Human Trafficking

The Use of Indicators to Measure Government Responses to Human Trafficking

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Governance by Indicators

Anne T. Gallagher

Janie Chuang

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the main efforts to produce compliance-focused indicators that can help improve international treaties against human trafficking. It shows that the power held by the US State Department (the organization that tried to pursue such indicators) is used unilaterally, and that this unilateralism can overcome a collective action problem. It then examines other functions of unilateralism, and shows that the indicators for human trafficking created by the US State Department are produced using criteria set by the US legislation.

Keywords:   compliance-focused indicators, international treaties, human trafficking, US State Department, unilateralism, collective action problem, US legislation

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