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Hard measures for soft stuff: citizenship indicators and educational policy under the Lisbon Strategy

Holford, John

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John Holford



Abstract

How far is the European Union a vehicle for inclusion and empowerment of a new range of policy actors in education? This article explores the role of actors in policy formation through a case study. It examines European Union attempts since 2000 to develop indicators of ‘active citizenship’ and ‘education and training for active citizenship’. It is based on two main sources: policy documents on the development of indicators and benchmarks; and a case study of an exercise (2005-07) to develop such indicators, initiated by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture. It shows that policy actors have attempted to take advantage of the Open Method of Coordination, often seen as a neo-liberal control mechanism, to ensure that citizenship remains on the
policy agenda.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2008
Journal European Educational Research Journal
Electronic ISSN 1474-9041
Publisher SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Holford, J. (2008). Hard measures for soft stuff: citizenship indicators and educational policy under the Lisbon Strategy. European Educational Research Journal, 7(3), doi:10.2304/eerj.2008.7.3.331
DOI https://doi.org/10.2304/eerj.2008.7.3.331
Publisher URL http://www.wwwords.co.uk/eerj/content/pdfs/7/issue7_3.asp#6
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
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