Eurostat: Making Europe Commensurate and Comparable

  • Marja Alastalo
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)


Numbers are crucial to the modern systems of government, because they make objects of government commensurate and comparable and reduce complexity. In this chapter, I outline the making of a European statistical apparatus and a Europe-wide space of equivalence. I argue that the present situation, where all member states and even applicant states can be represented by rows, bars and lines in statistical releases, is not self-evident but has taken decades of costly investment in the statistical regime before it became commensurable and comparable.


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  • Marja Alastalo
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  1. 1.University of Eastern FinlandJoensuuFinland

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