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IMPLEMENTING EU LIFELONG LEARNING POLICY THROUGH OPEN METHOD OF COORDINATION IN NEW MEMBER STATES: COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA AND SLOVENIA

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Author(s): Urška ŠTREMFEL and Damjan LAJH

Journal: Journal of Comparative Politics
ISSN 1337-7477

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 64;
Date: 2010;
Original page

ABSTRACT
The open method of coordination (‘OMC’) as new mode of European governance holds great potential to change and improve different aspects of education policies in individual EU member states. Due to its soft/non-obligatory way of influencing, it is particularly interesting to investigate how different member states have adopted to it and how they change their own education policies with final aim of achieving EU goals (benchmarks) in this field. From that perspective the article focuses on exploring the processes of translating objectives defined at the European level in the field of education and training into particular national and regional education policies in three new member states (the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia). The article aim is through comparative analysis investigate various national structures and procedures of putting the EU education policy objectives into practice at national level. In this way, the analysis endeavours to detect various factors that have an impact on the implementation process and reaching EU objectives in the field of education and training in new member states. The article concludes that despite some differences between investigated countries relatively good results are possible to reach without exploiting all the potentials of OMC, especially these one related to good governance.
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