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ERIC Number: EJ895510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
Policy Learning and Governance of Education Policy in the EU
Lange, Bettina; Alexiadou, Nafsika
Journal of Education Policy, v25 n4 p443-463 Jul 2010
Open methods for coordinating (OMC) education policies in the EU rely on a number of techniques, one of which is policy learning. This article examines how policy learning and governance transform each other. More specifically, policy-learning in the education OMC becomes differentiated into four distinct learning styles: mutual, competitive, surface and imperialistic learning. While they overlap with some forms of policy learning discussed in the literature, they are also different by focusing upon interactions and political dynamics between the European Commission and the member states. In seeking to understand how governing through learning occurs, we argue that any "impact" of EU-level policy-learning is co-constructed by both the European Commission and the member states. The analysis of this article is grounded in a discourse analytical and institutionalist perspective. It draws on qualitative data derived from semi-structured interviews with officials from the Directorate General for Education and Culture in the European Commission and on EU documents generated during policy-learning activities. (Contains 18 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
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