Converging Regional Education Policy in France and Germany
Part of the Comparative Territorial Politics series
How have regionalization processes across Europe impacted on policy convergence?
This book takes as its starting point the curious fact that autonomous regional policymaking may be parallel to regional governments pursuing policy similarity.
The author proposes that these observations are paradoxical only if sector-specific policy norms are disregarded and when autonomy is considered as the exclusive goal of regional governments.
Focusing on common yet under-studied regional situations where a sense of cultural or historical distinctiveness is not readily apparent, if at all, the book argues that in policy sectors where norms of territorial equality have long been dominant, regional governments endorse them as a way to secure or expand their policy capacity when the central state or other policy entrepreneurs challenge it.
This results in converging policies. A textured comparative account of educational policymaking in German Lander and French conseils regionaux over three decades forms the backbone of this analysis of policymaking in ordinary regions.