Measuring Europe
Making sense of Europe through data and statistics
in Governing Europe’s spaces
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This chapter focuses on education policy in Europe and shows its significant role in the making of the European Union (EU). It conceptualises education in Europe as an autonomous policy space that is both common and complementary, and built on historical and contemporary exchanges of ideas and practices. The chapter argues that the physical properties of this policy space are not so much formal rules, but data, indicators and benchmarks. It draws on the research data derived from 'Fabricating Quality in European Education', 'Knowledge and Policy' and 'Transnational Policy Learning'. The chapter builds upon the political sociological approaches to the EU, an emergent research agenda which has been unfolding through important scholarly work especially in France since the mid-1990s. It draws upon histories of statistics which demonstrate the political, technical and cognitive work necessary to the emergence of both the nation and national statistics and their imbrication in each other.

Governing Europe’s spaces

European Union re-imagined

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