Methodological Europeanism at the Cradle: Eur-lex, the Acquis and the Making of Europe’s Cognitive Equipment

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Series Details Vol.37, No.2, February 2015, p193-210
Publication Date February 2015
ISSN 0703-6337
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This article tracks the origins of one of Europe’s most ubiquitous instrument: the acquis. Thereby, it aims at initiating a new research program on the genealogy of Europe’s cognitive and technique equipment. Instead of considering the acquis as a self-explanatory and transparent notion, the article unearths its rich political meaning, pointing at its instrumental role in shaping a law-centered, and supranational definition of Europe. Digging deep into individual and institutional genealogies, the article follows the methodological entrepreneurs who crafted new knowledge instruments for calculating Europe’s State of affairs (the Celex database) and analyzes the process through which they have progressively acquired a monopoly in the calculation of ‘the State of the Union,’ thereby encapsulating within the very rules of the European game itself a form of ‘methodological Europeanism’.

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