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Peter Dahler-Larsen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804776929

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804776929.001.0001

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The Critique of Evaluation Machines

The Critique of Evaluation Machines

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(p.183) 7 The Critique of Evaluation Machines
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The Evaluation Society
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804776929.003.0008

This chapter talks about the implications of evaluation machines within society. It aims to identify the features of the debate that center on the weak characteristics of evaluation machines that may or may not be viewed as decisive for critical development and discussion of future evaluation practices. It considers the costs of evaluation machines and emphasizes the disadvantage of defensive quality and risk management (evaluation machines are shown to be installed in an effort to deal with risk). This chapter also focuses on the mechanization of control (a result of rationalizing control procedures), the degradation of work, the way the content or nature of work in public organizations evolves due to evaluation machines, and the constitutive effects of evaluation.

Keywords:   evaluation machines, evaluation practices, costs, defensive quality, risk management, mechanization, work, constitutive effects

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