• Sarah K. St. JohnEmail author
  • Mark Murphy


This chapter explores the relationship between education and public policy, outlines the rationale for the collection and introduces the organisation and contents of the book. Much has been written over the years about the ways in which the European Union has expanded its policy remit, but some have been jealously guarded by member states—education, health, migration and justice. Loaded questions around sovereignty, legitimacy and authority have hovered over the extended reach of European Union (EU) institutions, and questions have been asked about the ‘spillover’ effect on policy domains and how so many disparate sets of policy agendas have come to play the Commission’s tune. Education policy is a good example of this, its connections to employability and skills development enhancing its desirability. This chapter helps to contextualise the book by framing it around core issues addressed in the policy literature—namely spillover, governance, accountability and regulation. The chapter also provides an overview of the chapters featured in this collection, illuminating in particular the fundamental question that this book aims to address: how education policy is adapted to meet the needs of related, but in some cases quite distant, policy domains.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK
  2. 2.European University InstituteFlorenceItaly

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