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Education, equality and the European social model

Brine, Jacky; Rasmussen, Palle; Lynch, Kathleen; Boyadjieva, Pepka; Peters, Michael A; Sunker, Heinz


Jacky Brine

Palle Rasmussen

Kathleen Lynch

Pepka Boyadjieva

Michael A Peters

Heinz Sunker


Roger Dale

Susan Robertson


Social welfare and education have been themes in European collaboration since the early days of the Treaty of Rome. Especially after the establishment in 2000 of the Lisbon agenda the EU has stepped up its efforts in these two areas and has integrated both of them in a strategy for growth and employment. The importance of education is often mentioned in EU documents on social welfare. However, European policies in the areas of welfare and education are marked by a fundamental tension between the pursuit of capitalist growth on one hand, the pursuit of social justice and equality on the other. This often leads to an impoversihed conceptualisation of education as just another service to be delivered on the market. A more holistic approach to education policy is necessary,, an approach which takes account of the broader conditions of equality and includes not only the economic, but also the political, cultural and affective deminsions of educational equality.

Publication Date Jan 1, 2009
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 159-177
Book Title Globalisation & Europeanisation in Education
ISBN 978-1-873927-90-8
APA6 Citation Brine, J., Rasmussen, P., Lynch, K., Boyadjieva, P., Peters, M. A., & Sunker, H. (2009). Education, equality and the European social model. In R. Dale, & S. Robertson (Eds.), Globalisation & Europeanisation in Education, 159-177. Symposium Books
Keywords European Union, EU, social welfare, education, lifelong learning, equality
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