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ERIC Number: EJ970848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
ISSN: ISSN-1740-2743
"Who Marks the Bench?" A Critical Review of the Neo-European "Paradigm Shift" through Higher Education Policies and Discourses
Pasias, George; Roussakis, Yannis
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v10 n1 p127-141 Apr 2012
This paper attempts to critically analyze the educational discourses and policies of the European Union over the last decade (2000-2010) in the context of the Lisbon Strategy initiatives (Council of the EU, 2000) and provide an account on "The Shape of Things to Come". It will be argued that the symbolic and actual construction of the "Europe of knowledge" has been dominated by "audit culture" discourses and practices (such as governmentality, performativity and accountability) which have been influenced by the new imaginary ideotypes of globalization, and knowledge economy/society, and which draw heavily on the neoliberal/technocratic rationalities of the emergent risk societies. In this context, it is argued, the changes in the EU educational paradigm construct new "geographies of knowledge" and "geometries of power" (Epstein, 2007: 6) within Europe, which inflict new, top-down knowledge/power divisions upon the EU member-states' educational planning and policies, literally establishing a modern Panopticon of a "measurable" Europe of knowledge, "governed by numbers". (Contains 8 footnotes and 2 figures.)
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: European Union