Policy space and the governance of education: transnational influences on institutions and identities in the Netherlands and the UK
2013 (English)In: Comparative Education, ISSN 0305-0068, E-ISSN 1360-0486, Vol. 49, no 3, 344-360 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article presents a comparative analysis of two country-specific cases. Thecomparative analysis is situated within the broad domain of the changingknowledge economy landscape for educational policy. The two cases examinethe transfer, embedding and enactment of policies during the interactionsbetween supranational, national, institutional and individual levels. Case studyone concerns policy transfers and their mediation between the EU and thenational levels, drawing from empirical research on the UK. Case study twoexplores the experience and interpretation of higher education mobility practicesfrom the point of view of individual mobile academics located in, or connectedto, the Dutch frameworks of higher education. We employ the concept of spaceto illuminate the effects on education policy and practice of the changingrelationships between the national and inter-, supranational levels of discourseand practice. Our central thesis is that even though EU member states have lostsovereign power over defining education goals and outcomes, hinderingdynamics remain. The extent to which policies and discourses from ‘outside’ thenational level are integrated and adopted ‘within’ depends on the interactionbetween education–political discourses with existing institutionalised practices.In the case of the EU education policies we observe a weak form of policytransfer to the national level. In the UK there is a combination of a denseinstitutional field in education and a Eurosceptic political discourse. In the Dutchcase of individual academics, on the other hand, we found a positive discoursearound international academic mobility. A moderately adapted set of regulatoryframeworks and emerging support structures facilitate to varying degrees theDutch practice of academic mobility.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2013. Vol. 49, no 3, 344-360 p.
Research subject educational work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-79086DOI: 10.1080/03050068.2013.803750ISI: 000322946500006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-79086DiVA: diva2:639357