This pioneering volume is devoted to the analysis of education from the perspective of political science, applying the full range of the discipline’s analytical perspectives and methodological tools.
The contributions demonstrate how education policy can be explored systematically from a variety of political science perspectives: comparative politics, public policy analysis and public administration, international relations, and political theory. By applying a governance perspective on education policy, the authors explore the changing institutional settings, new actors’ constellations, horizontal modes of interaction and public-private regulatory mechanisms with respect to the role of the state in this policy field. The volume deals with questions that are not merely concerned with the content or outcomes of education, but it explicitly takes a political science view on how education politics work. Including country case studies from the Americas and across Europe, institutional analyses of education policy in the EU and the WTO/GATS as well as normative reflections on the topic, the volume provides a grand overview on the diversity of issues in education policy. Dealing with a so far neglected field of policy, this book provides a comprehensive and accessible analysis of a rapidly changing topic.
Education in Political Science will be of interest to scholars and students of political science, education, sociology and economics.
Preface 1. Introduction Anja P. Jakobi, Kerstin Martens and Klaus Dieter Wolf Part 1: Comparative Education Politics 2. Veto-Points and the Politics of Introducing School Vouchers in the US and Sweden Michael B. Klitgaard 3. Towards Convergence of Higher Education Policy in Central and Eastern Europe Michael Dobbins 4. The Transformation of the Education State in the Northern Countries Christine Hudson Part 2: Education in Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration 5. Policy Change in German Higher Education Katrin Toens 6. Regional Policy Implementation in the Italian Education System Emiliano Grimaldi & Roberto Serpieri 7. Agendas and School Management in Helsinki Pertti Ahonen Part 3: Education in International Relations 8. State Actors and Preferences in Education in the Context of GATS Antoni Verger 9. Multilateral Surveillance in Education by the OMC Rik de Ruiter 10. Education Policy Networks in the Bologna Process Alexander Nagel Part 4: Meta-Reflections on Education and Political Science 11. Normative Dimensions of Reforms in Higher Education Klaus Dieter Wolf 12. Education in the Discipline of Political Science Erkki Berndtson 13. The Added-Value of a Political Science Perspective on Education Jürgen Enders 14. Conclusions Anja P. Jakobi, Kerstin Martens and Klaus Dieter Wolf