Social indicators for human development.

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Considers the possibilities and prospects for social indicators playing a significant role in the establishment of alternative development strategies. Chapter 1 provides an orientation to the terms 'human development' and 'social indicators' from which the subsequent analysis proceeds. Chapter 2 outlines the origins and development of the social indicator movement, and examines, in particular, the social indicator movement's critique of the GNP statistics, which is probably the most widely-used development indicator. Chapter 3 examines the range of uses to which the social indicator movement suggests that indicators may be put. It demonstrates that there are a wide variety of potential uses, and that some of these have proved to be quite successful. Chapter 4 focuses directly on the production of indicators. It examines their sources in statistical data produced by official and unofficial bodies, using census, surveys, administrative records and other means. Chapter 5 addresses a fairly new and promising approach to developing useful social indicator systems: social accounting. Chapter 6 discusses a more established approach to relating together and disseminating social indicators: the social report. Chapter 7, by summarizing the lessons that flow from previous chapters, and considering how they may be applied to the introduction of human development concerns into specific areas of policy-making.-from Author

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial indicators for human development.
PublisherFrances Pinter, for United Nations University
ISBN (Print)0861873130, 9780861873135
Publication statusPublished - 1985


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