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Critical policy studies in the European Union: An ethnographic account of models, methods and diversity in policy transfer

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This paper engages with the key theoretical and conceptual approaches to international policy learning by means of an ethnographic political sociology of the process and outcomes of peer learning in the European Union. Drawing on the author's access to supranational and inter-governmental policy learning for Higher Education reform as an ethnographic participant, the goal of the paper is to situate theoretical and conceptual framings within a grounded approach to the dynamics of policy learning in practice. In contrast to neo-institutionalist or neo-Foucauldian accounts, the paper argues that while it is important for adequate accounts of international policy learning to provide for a substantial place for norms and discourse, understanding of the dynamics of policy-learning and policy-learning failure requires an account of the politics of strategic selectivity in the production of policy diversity. The paper outlines the key components of an approach to the critical study of policy transfer which can specify the transferable nature of norms, discourses, models and methods while making it possible to account for the diversity of policy as learned.

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Policy Transfer, Critical Policy Studies, European Union, Higher Education Funding, Ethnographic Political Sociology.
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Jones, Peter. "Critical policy studies in the European Union: An ethnographic account of models, methods and diversity in policy transfer" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 01, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492577_index.html>

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Jones, P. , 2011-05-01 "Critical policy studies in the European Union: An ethnographic account of models, methods and diversity in policy transfer" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492577_index.html

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Abstract: This paper engages with the key theoretical and conceptual approaches to international policy learning by means of an ethnographic political sociology of the process and outcomes of peer learning in the European Union. Drawing on the author's access to supranational and inter-governmental policy learning for Higher Education reform as an ethnographic participant, the goal of the paper is to situate theoretical and conceptual framings within a grounded approach to the dynamics of policy learning in practice. In contrast to neo-institutionalist or neo-Foucauldian accounts, the paper argues that while it is important for adequate accounts of international policy learning to provide for a substantial place for norms and discourse, understanding of the dynamics of policy-learning and policy-learning failure requires an account of the politics of strategic selectivity in the production of policy diversity. The paper outlines the key components of an approach to the critical study of policy transfer which can specify the transferable nature of norms, discourses, models and methods while making it possible to account for the diversity of policy as learned.


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