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A European Politics of Education
Perspectives from sociology, policy studies and politics

ISBN 9781138669079
Published June 28, 2016 by Routledge
234 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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  2 Standards and Standardization in European politics of Education  3 Policy transfers in Europe: the European Union and beyond  4 The Praise of mutual Surveillance in Europe  5 Policy Learning and Expertise in European Education  6 Ranking and the Structuration of a transnational Field of Higher Education  7 Higher education: from « unclear technologies » to human resources management techniques  8 Universities, the risk industry and capitalism: a political economy critique  9 "Silencing the disbelievers": games of truth and power struggles around fact-based management  10 Compliance and contestation in the neoliberal university: reflecting on the identities of UK social scientists  11 Losing the plot, plotting the lost: politics, Europe, and the rediscovery of lifelong learning  12 How are European lifelong learning systems changing? An approach in terms of public policy regimes

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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.