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Aligning policy ideas and power: the roots of the competitiveness frame in European education policy

Cino Pagliarello, Marina (2020) Aligning policy ideas and power: the roots of the competitiveness frame in European education policy. Comparative Education, 56 (4). pp. 441-458. ISSN 0305-0068

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Identification Number: 10.1080/03050068.2020.1769927

Abstract

How and why do some ideas attain agenda status while others do not? This paper seeks to explore these questions in the context of the policy changes observed in European education policy. By drawing from the literature on agenda-setting and employing process tracing, the paper develops a theoretical argument to investigate the causal mechanisms through which a new problem definition is set. The central argument is that three factors affect how a problem definition wins over another: (i) the presence of a policy entrepreneur; (ii) the ability to construct a convincing narrative to support a particular interpretation of a problem; and (iii) the specific zeitgeist of a given period, namely the social and political context within which ideas gain ground. The paper contributes to the literature on European education policy by examining how ideas about education emerged. It also contributes to the theoretical debate on agenda setting studies.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: L Education
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2022 15:21
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2024 04:48
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/115375

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