Policy Learning and Borrowing in Higher Education

  • Susan L. RobertsonEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_145-1


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...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Alberto Amaral
    • 1
  • António Magalhães
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.CIPESUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Faculty of Psychology and Education SciencesUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  3. 3.Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES)PortoPortugal