Policy Learning and Borrowing in Higher Education
Policy learning and borrowing in higher education has become a highly contested idea. This recent explosion of literature critiquing the move of policy from one location to another has raised paradigm and political questions around policies in motion, on the one hand, and knowledge/location claims, on the other.
Policies are always in motion as they move from the site of production to the site of implementation. What is different in the current conjuncture is the extent to which a growing number of policies not only move across national territorial boundaries but also emanate from global and regional bodies, such as the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), or professional associations, such as the European University Association (Robertson 2012).
But there is also a second dynamic at work that is questioned in the learning and borrowing literature. This concerns the radical questioning of the source of knowledge. This...
- Adelman, C. 2008. The Bologna Club: What U.S. higher education can learn from a decade of European reconstruction. Report for the Lumina Foundation, USA and HEPI.Google Scholar
- Charlier, J.-E., S. Croche, and O. Panait. 2016. Inter-regional higher education arena: The transposition of European instruments in Africa. In Global regionalisms and higher education, ed. S. Robertson, K. Olds, R. Dale, and Q.-A. Dang. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.Google Scholar
- Connell, R. 2007. Southern theory. Cambridge: Polity Press.Google Scholar
- Dale, R., and S.L. Robertson. 2012. Toward a critical grammar of education policy movements. In World yearbook of education 2012: Policy borrowing and lending, ed. Gita Steiner-Khamsi and Florian Waldow. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
- Dang, Q.-A. 2016. Shaping an ASEM (Higher) Education Area: Hybrid sectoral regionalism from within. In Global regionalisms and higher education, ed. S. L. Robertson, K. Olds, R. Dale, and Q.-A. Dang. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.Google Scholar
- de Sousa Santos, B. 2014. Epistemologies of the south: Justice against epistemicide. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers.Google Scholar
- Jones, P. 2008. Robertson, S. (2008) ‘Requisite irony’ and ‘the knowledge-based economy’: A critical discourse analysis of the drafting of education policy in the European Union. In Education and the knowledge-based economy in Europe, ed. N. Fairclough, R. Wodak, and B. Jessop. Rotterdam: Sense Publications.Google Scholar
- Melo, S. 2016. Different regionalisms, one European higher education regionalization: The case of the Bologna process. In Global regionalisms and higher education, ed. S. Robertson, K. Olds, R. Dale, and Q.-A. Dang. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.Google Scholar
- Mhamadbhai, G. 2013. Toward an African higher education and research space: Summary report. Commissioned by the ADEA-WGHE.Google Scholar
- Perrotta, D. 2016. MERCOSUR, regulatory regionalism and contesting projects of higher education governance. In Global regionalisms and higher education, ed. S. Robertson, K. Olds, R. Dale, and Q.-A. Dang. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.Google Scholar
- Robertson, S.L. 2012. Researching global education policy: Angles In/On/Out…. In Global education policy and international development: New agendas, issues and practices, ed. A. Verger, M. Novelli, and H. Altinyelken. London: Continuum Books.Google Scholar
- Vasliki, R. 2016. The rise of post-Western knowledges: Possibilities and pitfalls. Keynote presentation, 2nd international conference on cultural political economy, University of Bristol, Aug 26–28.Google Scholar