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ECPR Joint Sessions 2020 Sciences Po Toulouse

The ‘Big’ Ideas in the Europe of Knowledge

Comparative Politics
European Politics
European Union
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Meng-Hsuan Chou
Nanyang Technological University – NTU
Panel Discussant
Meng-Hsuan Chou
Nanyang Technological University – NTU

05/09/2014 09:00 - 10:40
Building: Joseph Black Floor: 3 Room: C305
As Europe enters another phase in its knowledge cooperation with the launch of Horizon 2020, this panel takes a reflective approach and focuses on the role of ideas in these developments. Ideas are pervasive in all aspects of public policymaking at both the national and European levels. They act as deeply entrenched paradigmatic beliefs concerning how things should and ought to be done, as well as specific policy blueprints for resolving particular policy problems. Articulated through discourse, ideas, championed by ‘amplifiers’, may chart the pathways of integration in unexpected ways. This panel invites contributions that explore the role that ideas play in European research and higher education policy cooperation. By ‘role’, we refer to the independent or intervening effects that an idea – such as the ‘fifth freedom’, competitiveness, excellence, talent, internationalisation, ‘digital revolution’, ‘Single Market of Knowledge’ and so on – have had on constructing the Europe of Knowledge. Papers in this panel are invited to address any of these questions: What are the prominent ideas in the European Research Area and the European Higher Education Area and how have they determined the evolution of the Europe of Knowledge? Are there visible European and national champions of certain ideas and what strategies do they apply to promote them? Also, to what extent have these ideational champions collaborated with one another or do they work in isolation? How have ideas been translated into European and domestic research and higher education policies? Could we identify a consistent discourse or policy frame associated with these ideas? Similarly, could we detect an emergent actor constellation opposing the promoted ideas? And, if so, what are the alternative discourses or policy frames and to what extent have they been successful?

Paper List

Title Details
Excellence as a Policy Concept: A Comparative Study View Paper Details
Knowledge-Based Economy Paradigm in European Higher Education Initiatives View Paper Details
Lack of Grand Ideas for Higher Education in the Europe of Knowledge? View Paper Details
Mobility Discourse in the Europe of Knowledge View Paper Details
Raising the Summit or Flattening the Agora? The Elitist Turn in Science and Higher Education Policy in Northern Europe View Paper Details
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