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Universities and the Europe of Knowledge: ideas, institutions and policy entrepreneurship in European Union higher education 1955-2005

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Anne Corbett|  
Palgrave Macmillan (October 2005)

This is a story of the EC at work over 50 years, seen from the perspective of a developing European higher education policy. The book provides a rich background narrative to current strategic efforts to develop the Europe of Knowledge, and to the Bologna Process. Its analytic interest in idea and individual 'policy entrepreneurs' underpins the story and advances understanding of the EU policy process and of the phenomenon of policy entrepreneurship. 

Anne Corbett is a visiting fellow at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Management at LSE, an associate of LSE's European Institute, deputy chairman of the Franco-British Council (British section) and is active in the University Association for Contemporary European Studies. 


'This book fills a remarkable gap in our knowledge about the European Union and its policy on higher education. At the same time, it offers a strong narrative of policy change, highlighting the role of individual entrepreneurship; a role that was both structured and structuring. On both aspects, it is a very welcome addition to the literature - indeed it is a fascinating read.'
Kevin Featherstone, director, European Institute and professor of contemporary Greek studies at LSE

'Anne Corbett has produced a rich and scholarly account, depending on both historical and political science methods, of how the EU succeeded in building up its role of leading a European dimension in higher education. In doing so, she well depicts the part played, sometimes manipulatively, by those she identifies as policy entrepreneurs in securing a position for the EU which many of us had not realised was on the agenda in its earlier years. This will stand as an authoritative account of a major development of European policy-making.'
Maurice Kogan, professor of government emeritus, Brunel University

'For years, the scholarship on European institutions treated states as billiard balls and the Commission as a black box. Anne Corbett carries forward a counter-tradition of scholarship by tracing in detail the process by which EU higher education policy emerged. By examining the process on a 50 year time scale, Corbett's book should satisfy both historical institutionalists and action-centred researchers, including those with only passing knowledge of the European project.'
Michael Barzelay, reader in public management, LSE

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