Date of Award

1-1-2016

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Quantitative Research Methods

First Advisor

Antonio Olmos, Ph.D.

Keywords

Bologna Process, Epistemic Community, Higher Education Reform, Mixed Methods, Quantitization

Abstract

This research project focused on the causes of implementation of the Bologna Process and its impact across Europe. It traced the history of the Bologna Process and introduced the paradox of policymaking in Bologna's continued implementation. The latter part of the introduction presents a summary of policy coordination and the epistemic community and the notion of soft law and the open method of coordination (OMC) in European policymaking. Possible causes for changes in implementation of Bologna are investigated, as are the origins of the Bologna Process and its goals. The argument of Bologna as OMC is presented and reflects on education reform in Europe's last two decades. Mixed methods inquiry was used to investigate the emergence of the epistemic community, which, in its scientific authority and expertise, influences policymakers in Europe as it guides them to adopt reforms according to its agenda. Study findings revealed an increase in mean prevalence scores of Bologna's key themes and subthemes immediately after epistemic communities joined the decision-making process of the Bologna Process.

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Provenance

Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Cheryl Leontyne Wink

File size

163 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Statistics, International Relations

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