Education policy governance and the power of ideas in constructing the new European Education Area

Xavier Rambla, Nafsika Alexiadou*

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Abstract

Twenty ye ars after the Lisbon strategy, education policy in the European Union (EU) is at a critical juncture, with a new set of strategic goals endorsed for the 2021–2030 decade. This article examines the complex interplay of ideas, institutions and actors, in articulating education policy priorities in the new European Education Area (EEA). Drawing on documentary reviews and interviews with policy actors in the European Commission and the Council of the European Union, we trace the rise and fall of policy ideas in the new framework. The negotiations over the definition of EEA reveal new tensions between and within European institutions over specific policy ideas, with “lifelong learning” and “gender” as the most controversial ones. Continuing, longstanding tensions between the education and employment fields remain, and present a difficulty for the construction of a comprehensive and cohesive education policy program.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Educational Research Journal
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Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2022

Keywords

  • European Education Area
  • European Union
  • education policy
  • governance
  • policy ideas

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