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Guest Editorial: Uncounted: Power, inequalities and the post-2015 data revolution

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People and groups go uncounted for reasons of power: those without power are further marginalized by their exclusion from statistics, while elites and criminals resist the counting of their incomes and wealth. As a result, the pattern of counting can both reflect and exacerbate existing inequalities. The global framework set by the Sustainable Development Goals will be more ambitious, in terms of both the counting and the challenging of inequalities, than anything that has gone before. This article explores the likely obstacles, and the unaddressed weaknesses in the agreed framework, and suggests a number of measures to strengthen the eventual challenge to inequalities, including by the promotion of tax justice measures.

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  • Alex Cobham, 2014. "Guest Editorial: Uncounted: Power, inequalities and the post-2015 data revolution," Development, Palgrave Macmillan;Society for International Deveopment, vol. 57(3-4), pages 320-337, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:develp:v:57:y:2014:i:3-4:p:320-337
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