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The political role of official statistics in the former GDR (East Germany)

Die politische Funktion der amtlichen Statistik in der ehemaligen DDR
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Lippe, Peter von der

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Abstract Der Verfasser legt Ergebnisse einer im Auftrag des Deutschen Bundestags erstellten Studie vor, die auf bislang unbekanntem Archivmaterial beruht. Die Studie zeigt, dass die Zentralverwaltung für Statistik völlig unter dem Befehl der SED stand und so in einem bislang kaum vorstellbaren Ausmaß zum Instrument der Propaganda werden konnte. Sogar an internationale Organisationen weitergeleitete Daten zum Handel der DDR mit dem kapitalistischen Ausland wurden von der politische Führung 'korrigiert' und sind daher nicht verlässlich. (ICEÜbers)

'This is a report of the results of the author's more detailed study for the German Parliament, in which unknown documents of only recently opened archives where presented. They show that the CSO was fully under the command of the party and thus misused as an instrument of propaganda to an extend, that was hitherto hardly imaginable. It could be shown, that even data on the GDR foreign trade with capitalist countries, reported to international organisations were deliberately 'corrected' by the political leaders and therfore not trustworthy.' (author's abstract)
Keywords official statistics; foreign trade; data; German Democratic Republic (GDR); manipulation; economic statistics
Classification Political System, Constitution, Government
Method descriptive study; documentation
Document language English
Publication Year 1999
Page/Pages p. 3-28
Journal Historical Social Research, 24 (1999) 4
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works