A European Politics of Education proposes a sociology of education establishing connections between empirical data coming from European-scale comparative surveys, normative assumptions structuring actors’ representations and interpretative judgements, and a specific focus on Lifelong Learning policy areas. It invites readers to think about the place of standards, expertise and calculations in the European space from a common perspective, supported by a tradition of critical sociology and European political studies.

The book:

  • Addresses an important agenda: how the policies and politics of supranational Europe are making a European educational space
  • Contains a response to the emergence of new epistemic governance and instruments at European level
  • Contains contributions from the EU and the UK which give a comprehensive selection of perspectives and analysis of the field as it concerns Europe

The complexity of the contemporary European education policy space is addressed here with new lines of inquiry as well as a reflexive outlook, on standardization, policy-making and actor engagement. Students and researchers of European policy studies, education policy analysts and theorists will all be particularly interested readers.

chapter 1|12 pages


ByRomuald Normand, Jean-Louis Derouet

chapter 2|18 pages

Standards and standardisation in European politics of education

ByPaolo Landri

chapter 3|22 pages

Policy transfers in Europe

The European Union and beyond
ByMagdaléna Hadjiisky, Jean-Yves Bart

chapter 4|20 pages

The praise of mutual surveillance in Europe

ByLuís Miguel Carvalho, Estela Costa

chapter 5|19 pages

Policy learning and expertise in European education

ByRomuald Normand

chapter 7|18 pages

Higher education

From ‘unclear technologies’ to human resources management techniques
ByJean-Émile Charlier, Sarah Croché

chapter 8|18 pages

Universities, the risk industry and capitalism

A political economy critique
BySusan L. Robertson, Chris Muellerleile

chapter 9|15 pages

‘Silencing the disbelievers’

Games of truth and power struggles around fact-based management
ByIsabelle Bruno

chapter 10|21 pages

Compliance and contestation in the neoliberal university

Reflecting on the identities of UK social scientists
ByAlan Cribb, Sharon Gewirtz, Aniko Horvath

chapter 11|18 pages

Losing the plot, plotting the lost

Politics, Europe, and the rediscovery of lifelong learning
ByJohn Holford

chapter 12|22 pages

How are European lifelong learning systems changing?

An approach in terms of public policy regimes
ByEric Verdier