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Private companies and policy- making: Ideological repertoires and concealed geographies in the evaluation of European education policies

Souto-Otero, Manuel 2019. Private companies and policy- making: Ideological repertoires and concealed geographies in the evaluation of European education policies. European Educational Research Journal 18 (1) , pp. 34-53. 10.1177/1474904118804745
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Abstract

This article explores the relationship between education, training and the single market, focusing on the market for the production of policy evaluations in the areas of education and training, culture and youth of the European Commission. Two questions are addressed: the first question relates to the geographical distribution of the organisations that deliver policy evaluation services to the European Commission (‘Commission’) in those areas; and the second relates to the nature of the ideas for policy development put forward in the evaluations examined. Based on information gathered from 23 evaluations carried out between 2012 and 2016 (in particular, the circa 300 recommendations they included), the analysis reveals that although the Commission relied on competitive processes for the award of those evaluations, competition was somewhat restricted: there is a marked dominance of a limited number of countries as the powerhouses for the Commission’s education policy evaluation. In relation to the second question, and by contrast to other policy spaces, the analysis provided little evidence of unfettered penetration of private sector ‘ideological repertoires’, lexicons and sensitivities into the European policy evaluation space.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Culture, education and training, European Commission, European Union, policy evaluation, privatisation, single market, youth
Publisher: Symposium Journals
ISSN: 1474-9041
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 October 2018
Date of Acceptance: 12 September 2018
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 07:07
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/115887

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