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The Europeanisation of Research and Higher Educational Policies Some Reflections


  • Trondal, Jarle


This study poses the following question: To what extent do EU policies affect national policies? In concrete, this article studies the europeanisation of policy in the field of Research and Higher Education (R&E). The field of R&E is largely neglected in the literature on European integration and europeanisation. I argue that processes of europeanisation of R&E policy mirror two interrelated processes: Both the emergence of supranational policies at the EU level and national convergence towards these policies. The empirical scope of the study is the relationship between EUs R&E policies and the corresponding policies of Norway. Our empirical observations based on documentary data and existing bodies of literature reveal that the emergence of creeping supranational R&E policies at the EU level has accompanied moderate convergence of Norwegian R&E policies. This moderate level of convergence, I argue, reflects a mix of moderate institutionalised linkages between Norwegian ministries and agencies and EU institutions, moderate adaptational pressures towards Norwegian R&E policies from the EU, and institutional path-dependencies in Norwegian R&E policies.

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  • Trondal, Jarle, 2002. "The Europeanisation of Research and Higher Educational Policies Some Reflections," European Integration online Papers (EIoP), European Community Studies Association Austria (ECSA-A), vol. 6, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:erp:eiopxx:p0085

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    1. Antoaneta Dimitrova & Bernard Steunenberg, 2000. "The Search for Convergence of National Policies in the European Union," European Union Politics, , vol. 1(2), pages 201-226, June.
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    1. Nedeva, Maria, 2013. "Between the global and the national: Organising European science," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 42(1), pages 220-230.
    2. Trondal, Jarle, 2005. "Two Worlds of Europeanisation Unpacking Models of Government Innovation and Transgovernmental Imitation," European Integration online Papers (EIoP), European Community Studies Association Austria (ECSA-A), vol. 9, January.


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