Global Governance 23 (2017), 71–82 The Social Life of Data: The Production of Political Facts in EU Policy Governance Christopher C. Leite and Can E. Mutlu Data presented in European Union documents have a social life of their own; they are collected, analyzed, disseminated, used, and reused. Along the way, data interact with different external elements—economic, social, and political actors, positions, and preferences—transforming their po- tential for different contexts and meanings. The Directorates-General are significant data actors, involved in both data-gathering and fact dissemi- nation stages of data’s social life and controlling the flows of data through the EU. This article focuses on the social life of two sets of data, tracing the evolution of these datasets into political discourses about disaster re- sponse and migration, and arguing that data never speak for themselves but rather evolve into facts through networks, which shape official pol- icy discourses. Keywords: data, European Union, migration, disaster re- sponse. THE PROCESSES OF DATA COLLECTION AND DATA ANALYSIS, WHICH ARE CENTRAL to the social construction of giving data meaning, include numerous actors and networks that are active in the construction of political facts at the European Union (EU) level. Data presented in EU documents
Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations – Brill
Published: Aug 19, 2017
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