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Selective acquiescence, creative commitment and strategic conformity:situated national policy responses to the Bologna agreement

Sin, Cristina and Saunders, Murray (2014) Selective acquiescence, creative commitment and strategic conformity:situated national policy responses to the Bologna agreement. European Journal of Education. ISSN 1465-3435

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Abstract

The non-binding nature of the Bologna Agreement and loose policy-making and implementation through the open method of coordination (OMC) has led to varied national responses to the Bologna Process. The OMC has allowed countries room for manoeuvre to interpret Bologna policy and attach different degrees of importance to it. Looking at the interplay between agency and structure in policy implementation, this paper aims to illustrate the localised character of Bologna policy implementation driven by national priorities and political agendas, a reflection of the ‘policy as text’ metaphor (Ball, 1994). The analysis is mainly driven by an agentic understanding of the policy process, highlighting ‘actors’ perceptions, perspectives, preferences, actions and interactions’ (Trowler, 2002). Three different country reactions are examined – England, Portugal and Denmark – described as selective acquiescence, creative commitment and strategic conformity to capture the essence of the cases in question. In analysing the countries’ responses, the article considers national readings of Bologna, motivations behind responses to the Process, as well as its reception and implementation at national level.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bologna Process ; policy implementation ; reform ; change ; national impact ; comparative higher education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 55452
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 26 Jun 2012 10:18
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2014 05:27
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55452

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