By Kelly M. Greenhill
Big, interesting numbers are usually utilized in coverage debates and media reporting: "At least 200,000-250,000 humans died within the struggle in Bosnia." "There are 3 million baby infantrymen in Africa." "More than 650,000 civilians were killed as a result of U.S. career 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 mirror a miles better and troubling trend: policymakers and the media naively or intentionally settle for hugely politicized and questionable statistical claims approximately actions which are super tough to degree. therefore, we too frequently develop into trapped by means of those legendary numbers, with perverse and counterproductive consequences.
This challenge exists in myriad coverage nation-states. however it is very said in data regarding the politically charged nation-states of world crime and conflict-numbers of individuals killed in massacres and through genocides, the scale of refugee flows, the importance of the illicit international alternate in medicines and humans, and so forth. In Sex, medications, and physique Counts, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, and coverage analysts significantly study the murky origins of a few of those information and hint their impressive proliferation. additionally they examine the normal metrics used to guage coverage effectiveness in battling difficulties comparable to terrorist financing, intercourse trafficking, and the drug trade.
Contributors: Peter Andreas, Brown collage; Thomas J. Biersteker, Graduate Institute of overseas and improvement Studies-Geneva; Sue E. Eckert, Brown collage; David A. Feingold, Ophidian study Institute and UNESCO; H. Richard Friman, Marquette college; Kelly M. Greenhill, Tufts college and Harvard college; John Hagan, Northwestern collage; Lara J. Nettelfield, Institut Barcelona D'Estudis Internacionals and Simon Fraser college; Wenona Rymond-Richmond, college of Massachusetts Amherst; Winifred Tate, Colby university; Kay B. Warren, Brown University