Using data to rate countries doesn't just help us understand their behavior, it actually changes it.
For Judith Kelley, the acronym GPA means more than “grade point average,” the term most familiar to her students. She also thinks of “global performance assessments” — public measures of performance that nations, nongovernmental organizations and private entities use to attract attention, shape debate, and—they hope—change behavior.
Kelley studies how international actors influence domestic politics. “What can we do to get countries to stop mistreating people?” she asks.
In this multimedia feature, The Big Idea: Scorecard Diplomacy, Judith Kelley shares strategies can be used on the international stage to ensure fair elections or secure basic human rights.
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