Jones, Peter D.
Space, place and scale:
reframing the open method of co-ordination for ‘Education and Training 2010’.
In, Shaping the European Education Agenda - European Education Policy Network, Brussels, Belgium, Leuven, Belgium,
In this paper I argue that we can usefully address the nature, significance and range of effects of the OMC for Education and Training by adopting the theoretical perspectives on space, place and scale from the fields of economic geography and state theory. In particular, the distinctions offered by Collinge (1999), Brenner (2001), Jessop (2004, 2005) and Barbier (2004) provide a framework for investigating and problematising some of the sedimented and increasingly common sense assessments of the production of the European education space, the activities and practices in the Brussels policy places and the production of a scale of authority at the EU level. Methodologically, this paper follows Scharpf (2001) in wanting to pursue lines of argumentation which outline clear distinctions which make a difference in the way in which we conceive of the subjects and objects of study. The aim is to go against the grain of judgements which have become common place and which cut at the joints of explanations which have been offered.
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