The role of the European Education Area in European Union integration in times of crises

Kushnir, I. ORCID: 0000-0003-0727-7208, 2021. The role of the European Education Area in European Union integration in times of crises. European Review. ISSN 1062-7987

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The European Union has faced many crises, such as populism, xenophobia, economic and political challenges, to name a few. This has resulted in some questioning whether the EU will survive. Herein, the neo-institutionalist perspective on crises in EU integration frames an original and timely inquiry into the role of a new EU initiative – the European Education Area – in supporting EU integration in these challenging times. This inquiry relies on a thematic analysis of relevant key policy materials. The findings highlight that while it is not surprising that the EEA is an example of an education convergence project in the EU, the novelty of other findings is striking. It appears that the crises in the EU inspired the authors of the EEA to utilize its education as a tool for EU deepening, which is an aspect of EU integration related to the strengthening of the relationships amongst its Member States. Specifically, the EEA has been a driver in the development of a common European identity and European economy, the EU as a socially-just society and the continent of progress. These findings address important gaps of our knowledge about the role of education in driving EU integration.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: European Review
Creators: Kushnir, I.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date: 10 March 2021
ISSN: 1062-7987
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Institute of Education
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 18 Mar 2021 00:25
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:05

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