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I think we're putting the cart before the horses. First we have to define what information we want to represent and then work on the best visual representation.

For instance, let's just say that we want a "who nominates/appoints/elects whom" graph.  Then the first thing you do is research and list all the *A {does B to} C" that we want to chart. And then we arrange the A's and C's so that the B arrows connecting them are a  uncluttered as possible. And then we can add additional labels for voting weights, qualified majority vs. unanimity, etc. And there is a time dimension as well in that certain thing happen in sequence.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 04:44:17 AM EST
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Colour coding can also be used to connect physically separate parts of the diagram. Or connecting lines only appear when a country is <rolled over>.

There are many ways to do it. The most important factor imo is presenting  informatively and interestingly, for an audience with a short attention span. It also has to be correct, as we see it (not necessarily what the EU wants to say about itself officially.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 09:30:18 AM EST
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I am focusing on processes and the natural representation of processes as arrow diagrams.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 09:36:31 AM EST
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That's fine. Whatever is more practical for those involved in the research.

A text-based analysis will be a lot easier to discuss here at ET.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 09:42:56 AM EST
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