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    For or Against ‘The Business of Benchmarking’?

    White, James Merricks and Kitchin, Rob (2021) For or Against ‘The Business of Benchmarking’? International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 45 (2). pp. 385-388. ISSN 0309-1317

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    This short response does two things. First, it argues that urban benchmarks have specific and structural limits not identified in the principal essay in this intervention, which curtail the kinds of constructive and critical work such benchmarks might be expected to perform. ISO 37120 is discussed as an example. Second, it proposes a pluralistic approach to engagement and offers six suggestions for how academics might take urban benchmarks and their makers seriously without becoming fully embedded in their business. These are: ethnography, discourse analysis, self-reflexive critique, critical urban benchmarking, alternative publication channels and scholarly debate.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: White, J.M. and Kitchin, R. (2021), For or Against ‘The Business of Benchmarking’?. Int. J. Urban Reg. Res., 45: 385-388. © 2021 The Authors. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Urban Research Publications Limited. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
    Keywords: urban benchmarking; city standards; plurality; engagement;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Item ID: 14637
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    Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
    Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2021 13:42
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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