Administering Information: Eurostat and Statistical Integration
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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 legislative institutions, 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 interacted and worked together with national statistical institutes?
KeywordsEuropean Union Member State European Commission Statistical Integration European Central Bank
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