23 SES 01 D, Europeanisation and National Policy
Parallel Paper Session
This paper considers the rather neglected issue of the European Schools, a particular type of school that is not integrated into any national education system but constitute a European School System (ESS) of ‘official educational establishments controlled jointly by the governments of the Member States of the European Union’ (Schola Europaea, 2009). This positioning creates particularly interesting issues of governance that mirror aspects of governing education in Europe, albeit on a smaller scale. This paper makes the argument that the ESS, like the European Commission (EC), operates within and across formal national boundaries in a ‘new’ Policy Space of European Schooling. It suggests that analysis of this ‘space’ as a microcosm of European governance of education is enabled through integrating interdisciplinary concepts such as re-spatialisation (Sassen, 2006; Massey, 2005) with attention to new approaches to governance that stress fluid and mobile relations (Clarke, 2009; Rose&Miller, 2008; Castells, 1996) in analysing Europeanisation (Delanty&Rumford, 2005; Rumford, 2005). In this study the focus is on actors who exercise power and their power relations: these actors are identified as having reason to believe they have the ‘legitimacy to make decisions and allocate values within communities’ (Brennan & Popkewitz, 1997: 303). They are primarily policy actors and formally seen as such, but there are also other actors that through their constant interaction within networks contribute substantially, and thus exercise power, to the imagining and creation of a ’new’ Policy Space of European Schooling. The paper argues that the ESS is an interesting policy case in itself, but also suggests that it has value as a microcosm of the extremely complex and novel forms of policy relations in education in Europe, in which elements of the local, the national and the European are merging and emerging in different ways.
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