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A European Politics of Education

Perspectives from sociology, policy studies and politics, 1st Edition

Edited by Romuald Normand, Jean-Louis Derouet


222 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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A European Politics of Education proposes a sociology of education establishing connections between empirical data coming from European-scale comparative surveys, normative assumptions structuring actors’ representations and interpretative judgements, and a specific focus on Lifelong Learning policy areas. It invites readers to think about the place of standards, expertise and calculations in the European space from a common perspective, supported by a tradition of critical sociology and European political studies.

The book:

  • Addresses an important agenda: how the policies and politics of supranational Europe are making a European educational space
  • Contains a response to the emergence of new epistemic governance and instruments at European level
  • Contains contributions from the EU and the UK which give a comprehensive selection of perspectives and analysis of the field as it concerns Europe

The complexity of the contemporary European education policy space is addressed here with new lines of inquiry as well as a reflexive outlook, on standardization, policy-making and actor engagement. Students and researchers of European policy studies, education policy analysts and theorists will all be particularly interested readers.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

Romuald Normand and Jean-Louis Derouet

2 Standards and Standardization in European politics of Education

Paolo Landri

3 Policy transfers in Europe: the European Union and beyond

Magdaléna Hadjiisky

4 The Praise of mutual Surveillance in Europe

Luís Miguel Carvalho and Estela Costa

5 Policy Learning and Expertise in European Education

Romuald Normand

6 Ranking and the Structuration of a transnational Field of Higher Education

Niilo Kauppi

7 Higher education: from « unclear technologies » to human resources management techniques

Jean-Émile Charlier and Sarah Croché

8 Universities, the risk industry and capitalism: a political economy critique

Susan L. Robertson and Chris Muellerleile

9 "Silencing the disbelievers": games of truth and power struggles around fact-based management

Isabelle Bruno

10 Compliance and contestation in the neoliberal university: reflecting on the identities of UK social scientists

Alan Cribb, Sharon Gewirtz and Aniko Horvath

11 Losing the plot, plotting the lost: politics, Europe, and the rediscovery of lifelong learning

John Holford

12 How are European lifelong learning systems changing? An approach in terms of public policy regimes

Eric Verdier

About the Editors

Romuald Normand is Professor of Sociology at the University of Strasbourg, Research Unit SAGE (Societies, Actors and Government in Europe), France.

Jean-Louis Derouet is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon, France.

About the Series

Studies in European Education

The European dimensions of education constitute a field of growing distinctiveness and importance, with a speed, scale and complexity, reflecting the rise of international and transnational policies, and flows of data and public and private experts around Europe.

The European Policy Space for Education describes the emergence of a dense web of relations, data and people. Its speed and scale has been transformed by the push for a competitive Europe through the Lisbon Process, and by using a common set of benchmarks and networks, to governing Europe education through comparison.

The Series intends to create a space for scholars of European education policies and politics, in education studies, political science, sociology and European integration studies, and to develop interpretive studies about new European institutions, and the interplay between policy-makers, stakeholders and experts. The Series encourages research on education and its links with mobility, migration, finance, standardization and norms, knowledge and governing, and new technologies and software.

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