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Administering information: Eurostat and statistical integration

  • Law
  • Political Science


This chapter analyses the processes and dynamics of institution building in the European Union (EU). While most studies of EU institution building have dealt with the birth and evolution of key institutions, such as the legislatives, the executives or the courts, the focus is here on a different aspect of democratic governance: the informational foundation of the EU. The chapter examines developments and changes in the organization of numerical information in the EU, in particular the role of Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Commission. How and to what extent can we observe the emergence of a pan-European informational system? How and to what extent has the European information system in Europe interacted and worked together with national statistical institutes? A later version of this paper was published in 2006 as a book chapter in M. Egeberg Multilevel Union Administration. The Transformation of Executive Politics in Europe Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan

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