Education policy convergence through the Open Method of Co-ordination (OMC): Theoretical reflections and implementation in ‘old’ and ‘new’ national contexts
2010 (English)In: European Educational Research Journal (online), ISSN 1474-9041, Vol. 9, no 3, 346-359 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article addresses two key questions about the convergence of education policies in the European Union (EU). How does the open method of coordination (OMC), a new governance instrument for the Europeanisation of education policies, change existing national education policy making and how can the OMC and national responses to it be researched? The authors argue that the OMC brings to national policy making a particular set of ideas about education, such as an emphasis on the contribution of education to building competitive economies and a new public management approach. The authors further suggest that the significance of such policy ideas in national education policy making can be best analysed through a combination of sociological institutionalism and discourse analysis. Hence, ‘implementation’ of EU education measures – which have been developed through policy learning – should be understood as a combination of a ‘bottom-up’ and ‘top-down’ policy-making process that links EU and national levels. Finally, the article suggests – on the basis of a preliminary exploration of the implementation of education OMC measures in the United Kingdom and Slovenia – that education OMC policy ideas resonate to varying degrees in ‘old’ and ‘new’ member states.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford, UK: Symposium Journals, Ltd , 2010. Vol. 9, no 3, 346-359 p.
Research subject Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-51532DOI: 10.2304/eerj.2010.9.3.345OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-51532DiVA: diva2:483869