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

Cino Pagliarello, M; (2020) Aligning policy ideas and power: the roots of the competitiveness frame in European education policy. Comparative Education , 56 (4) pp. 441-458. 10.1080/03050068.2020.1769927. Green open access

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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.

Type: Article
Title: Aligning policy ideas and power: the roots of the competitiveness frame in European education policy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03050068.2020.1769927
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03050068.2020.1769927
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Policy entrepreneurs, ideas, agenda-setting, European education policy, policy change
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10117284
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