CGHE Seminar 119

When Global Players Struggle: The Political and Material Aspects of International Organisations’ Cooperation in Higher Education

  • Thursday, 31 Oct 2019 12:30 - 14:00
  • Room 802, UCL Institute of Education

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This contribution re-examines the transnational circulation of policy schemes relative to Higher Education governance. It focuses on the relations between international and European organisations (Council of Europe, European Commission, OECD, UNESCO), characterised by competition followed by cooperation and international division of tasks. In order to explain the conditions under which higher education / knowledge policies circulate, we need to take into account not only the political and ideational positioning of these IOs but also the material aspects of their relationships. IOs appear as paradoxical arenas of knowledge circulation. Deemed as powerful and influent, they face unequal access to resources and uncertainty. While acknowledging their role as global players, I will stress their (inter)dependence and the multiple ways they struggle to maintain their position.

Dorota Dakowska

Dorota Dakowska

Dorota Dakowska is Professor of Political Science at the University of Lyon 2 and Junior Fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France. She has published on the democratisation processes in Central and Eastern Europe and international democracy assistance, the German party-political foundations, the EU’s Eastern enlargement, and more recently, on Higher Education reforms in a regional, comparative perspective (focusing on the Bologna Process and the cases of Poland and Ukraine). Her current research focuses on the European and international dimension of higher education reforms.

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