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Title: Higher education regionalism in Europe and Southeast Asia : comparing policy ideas
Authors: Chou, Meng-Hsuan
Ravinet, Pauline
Keywords: Diffusion
DRNTU::Social sciences::Political science
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Chou, M.-H., & Ravinet, P. (2017). Higher education regionalism in Europe and Southeast Asia : comparing policy ideas. Policy and Society, 36(1), 143-159. doi:10.1080/14494035.2017.1278874
Series/Report no.: Policy and Society
Abstract: Regional cooperation in the higher education policy sector has been on the rise throughout the last decades. In this article, we compare and analyse two instances of higher education regionalisms (i.e. political projects of higher education region creation) in Europe and South-East Asia from an ideational perspective. In so doing, we engage with and challenge the diffusion argument common in both European higher education studies (‘Bologna Process export thesis’) and new comparative regionalism. Using publicly accessible documents from regional bodies active in higher education policy coordination, and 53 semi-structured interviews with key policy actors involved in these developments, we identify the policy ideas of European and South-East Asian higher education regionalisms, and consider whether the extant models of regional cooperation and the knowledge discourse affected their evolution. Our findings indicate that the ‘Bologna Process export thesis’ and the diffusion assumptions of comparative regionalism are too simplistic and misleading. We conclude with suggestions for scholars interested in new comparative regionalism.
ISSN: 1449-4035
DOI: 10.1080/14494035.2017.1278874
Rights: © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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