Austerity and the Remaking of European Education

Traianou, Anna and Jones, Ken, eds. 2019. Austerity and the Remaking of European Education. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781350028487 [Edited Book]

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Austerity and the Remaking of European Education offers grounded accounts of national educational formations in Europe, at a moment when they are being reshaped through encounters with global policy frameworks, and sharp social and economic change. The authors explore these issues in the context of different pressures that impact on European education systems – from the constraints established by the European Central Bank and the European Commission across Southern Europe, to the 2008 financial crisis and the rise in xenophobia that has accompanied migration from the Global South. The book provides rigorous theoretical approach to the relationship between European and national policies, combined with detailed analyses of national educational contexts in England, France, Greece, Hungary and Sweden. Each of the in-depth country studies identify major issues of national education policymaking, and explores the complexities of global/national relationships. The economic crisis, the emergence of new parties of the left, and populist movements across many countries, questions of cultural and religious diversity, tensions between marketization and inclusion are all brought into focus, offering arguments that will be of great interest to researchers and students of education policy, politics and sociology of education alike. In the final section of the book, the authors explore policy alternatives, as embodied in the activities of governments and non-state actors, such as trade unions and social movements.

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Edited Book


Austerity, European education policy, contested European Educational Space

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Educational Studies


13 June 2019

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17 Dec 2018 16:56

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05 Mar 2021 15:28


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