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Higher Education Policy in Germany: Tracing European Influence on National Political Traditions

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An explorative case study of the Bologna process in Germany is used as an empirical point of reference to discuss how European policy initiatives impact national political traditions and meanings. The theoretical underpinning is derived from historical institutionalism, which combines rationalist with constructivist arguments about Europeanization. It does so by emphasizing that European institutions both present opportunities and place constraints on actors’ strategies to transform preferences into policies, while also representing socially embedded values and norms which are able to transform national political traditions. The argumentation proceeds in three steps. The first section will discuss European and national historical conditions contributing to the fact that the Bologna process has become the most influential European policy initiative in the educational politics of unified Germany. The second section identifies the coexistence of two different national political traditions, namely democratic egalitarianism and status conservatism. The third section discusses the issues of whether and how the Bologna process reinforces or transforms these traditions.

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Name: Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies
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Toens, Katrin. "Higher Education Policy in Germany: Tracing European Influence on National Political Traditions" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p399482_index.html>

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Toens, K. "Higher Education Policy in Germany: Tracing European Influence on National Political Traditions" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada Online <PDF>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p399482_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: An explorative case study of the Bologna process in Germany is used as an empirical point of reference to discuss how European policy initiatives impact national political traditions and meanings. The theoretical underpinning is derived from historical institutionalism, which combines rationalist with constructivist arguments about Europeanization. It does so by emphasizing that European institutions both present opportunities and place constraints on actors’ strategies to transform preferences into policies, while also representing socially embedded values and norms which are able to transform national political traditions. The argumentation proceeds in three steps. The first section will discuss European and national historical conditions contributing to the fact that the Bologna process has become the most influential European policy initiative in the educational politics of unified Germany. The second section identifies the coexistence of two different national political traditions, namely democratic egalitarianism and status conservatism. The third section discusses the issues of whether and how the Bologna process reinforces or transforms these traditions.


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