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Special Panel on Globalisation, Discourse and Education Policy, to be held at the International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis, Tilburg, the Netherlands (July 5-7, 2012)


It is part of the 7th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis: Understanding the Drama of Democracy, Policy Work, Power and Transformation.

The International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis has travelled throughEurope. After visiting Birmingham, Amsterdam, Essex, Kassel, Grenoble and Cardiff, interpretivists of various kinds will gather in Tilburg, the Netherlands.

Michael Farrelly

Dr. Jane Mulderrig

Few would disagree that the perceived relevance and impact of contemporary policy-making is no longer confined to the nation state. Whether in economic or social policy, the spectre of globalisation and its perceived exigencies plays a significant role in circumscribing the parameters of the ‘thinkable’ and ‘doable’. This is partly due to the increased power of international governmental organisations in promoting a neoliberal agenda in both national and transnational contexts. Within this political rationality the dominant logic of competitiveness has leaked from economic to other policy domains like education. In the context of the EU this is closely linked to, and justified on the basis of, visions of achieving global economic competitiveness as a knowledge-based-economy.

Since the global banking crisis and subsequent recession the financial climate in which policy-making is now taking place has altered radically. This state of affairs potentially adds strength to neoliberal policy agendas in education (as elsewhere). In an era of acute fiscal squeeze and harsh austerity measures imposed across numerous advanced liberal economies, does the logic of the market take a firmer hold?  Papers in this panel will explore the current state of education policy through the lens of discourse. Adopting a variety of empirical approaches they will probe discourses of and about education policy in a range of national and transnational contexts. They will explore such questions as: conceptions of globalisation as a driving force in policy; the logic and rhetoric of the market; identities and roles in education; governance and financing structures; and tensions between regionalism and internationalism.


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