Educating Europe

Educating Europe : EU government, knowledge and legitimation

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Educating Europe follows a political sociology approach for the analysis of the education policy domain in the European Union. The book will examine the ways in which an education policy field has been constructed in Europe since the early 1970s. It will explore how this field has never really been peripheral or 'secondary' as, perhaps its silencing from mainstream EU integration studies and political science has rendered it to be. Rather, it will show the ways that governing education has been integral in the processes of creating a European home market, at the heart of the neo-mercantilist project in the '80s, as well as during the later dominance of the neo-liberal ideology in the'90s-2000s and the efforts to create a competitive supra-state. It will develop an original understanding of the role of international organisations by establishing a preliminary, alternative perspective in the policy learning literature, which has so far been dominated by the idea of the transfer of practices and ideas from 'Europe' to the nation. It will explore how policy problems are constructed, the processes that institutionalise them into 'objective' and 'real' public issues and their legitimation through the fabrication of relevant monitoring instruments and the need for action. Educating Europe will be of key interest to students, practitioners and scholars of education policy, EU studies, European studies, comparative education, sociology, and social and public policyshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 113881265X
  • 9781138812659

About Sotiria Grek

Sotiria researches the role of education/learning as a policy sphere that actively contributes to Europeanization. She is interested in performance monitoring and comparison as forms of education governance, through which the project of Europeanization is pursued. Therefore, her research places numbers and comparison in the foreground of enquiry into policy, rather than examine them as merely offering 'evidence' to policy more

Table of contents

Part 1: Education policy making and the emergence of Europe as a common market 1. The government of education in Europe at the first half of the 20th century 2. The beginnings 3. At the other side of the Atlantic: the role of the OECD Part 2: Learning in Europe as a competitive supra-state 4. The government of education through the Lisbon process 5. PISA and the role of international comparative assessments 6. The role of experts Part 3: Where to for education governance post-Lisbon? Europe and learning in the post-neoliberal era 7. Policy learning and the government of EU's education 8. The future of the government of EU's education: dilemmas and directions 9. Knowledge, learning and the governing of Europe: a political sociology approachshow more