Sex, Drugs, and Body Counts

Sex, Drugs, and Body Counts

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Big, attention-grabbing numbers are frequently used in policy debates and media reporting: qAt least 200, 000-250, 000 people died in the war in Bosnia.q qThere are three million child soldiers in Africa.q qMore than 650, 000 civilians have been killed as a result of the U.S. occupation of Iraq.q qBetween 600, 000 and 800, 000 women are trafficked across borders every year.q qMoney laundering represents as much as 10 percent of global GDP.q qInternet child porn is a $20 billion-a-year industry.q Peter Andreas and Kelly M. Greenhill see only one problem: these numbers are probably false. Their continued use and abuse reflect a much larger and troubling pattern: policymakers and the media naively or deliberately accept highly politicized and questionable statistical claims about activities that are extremely difficult to measure. As a result, we too often become trapped by these mythical numbers, with perverse and counterproductive consequences. This problem exists in myriad policy realms. But it is particularly pronounced in statistics related to the politically charged realms of global crime and conflict-numbers of people killed in massacres and during genocides, the size of refugee flows, the magnitude of the illicit global trade in drugs and human beings, and so on. In Sex, Drugs, and Body Counts, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, and policy analysts critically examine the murky origins of some of these statistics and trace their remarkable proliferation. They also assess the standard metrics used to evaluate policy effectiveness in combating problems such as terrorist financing, sex trafficking, and the drug trade.7. Research. and. Repercussions. of. Death. Tolls. THE CASE OF THE BOSNIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD ... Although this should have been welcome news across the country, in the year preceding the announcement of the findings, the Centera#39;s employees received numerous threats, local human rights activists were not forthcoming in their support of the project, and key stakeholders failed to show ... 2. See, for example, Helge Brunborg and Ewa Tabeau, a€œDemography 3050-561- 007.pdf.

Title:Sex, Drugs, and Body Counts
Author:Peter Andreas, Kelly M. Greenhill
Publisher:Cornell University Press - 2011-02-23


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