The intricacies of conditionality: education policy review in Greece 2015–2018

Traianou, Anna. 2023. The intricacies of conditionality: education policy review in Greece 2015–2018. Journal of Education Policy, 38(2), pp. 342-362. ISSN 0268-0939 [Article]

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Drawing on a historical case study, this article focuses on the ways in which the Greek Government (2015–2019), through involving the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), managed to modify the education conditionalities laid down by the third Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) negotiated with the ‘Institutions’ (the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund). Using documentary analysis and interviews with top-ranking national educational policy actors, an empirical account is presented of the prolonged encounter between Greek policy-makers, SAP conditionalities, and the policy work of the OECD. The analysis traces the tensions within and between the positions of national and external policy actors as negotiations moved towards a tactical settlement where all sides achieved partial convergence without reaching principled agreement. It reflects on the relevance of the experience of Greece to understandings of global/national relations in the development of educational policy.

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This article is part of a project that has received funding from the British Academy (BA/Leverhulme, SRG1819\191004) in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

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Educational Studies
Educational Studies > Centre for Identities and Social Justice


21 September 2021Accepted
3 October 2021Published Online

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04 Oct 2021 13:13

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15 Mar 2023 23:27

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