Journal article

The 'logic of escalation' in performance measurement: An analysis of the dynamics of a research evaluation system

P Woelert

Policy and Society | Published : 2015


This paper makes a conceptual contribution to the understanding of the 'alternative logics' (Pollitt) occurring in performance measurement systems in crucial public policy domains. The major focus is on what has been referred to as 'logic of escalation' (Pollitt) that manifests itself where performance measurement is strongly geared toward quantified performance indicators. What characterizes this logic is the unfolding of a peculiar dynamics through which performance measurement becomes increasingly expansive and technical (and hence costly), and, in political terms, control-focused. Drawing mainly on the conceptual resources of Edmund Husserl's phenomenological philosophy, as well as on Mi..

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