A Smart Social Inclusion Policy for the EU: the role of education and training
Article first published online: 21 MAY 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
European Journal of Education
Special Issue: The Privatisation of Higher Education: comparative perspectives
Volume 47, Issue 2, pages 327–342, June 2012
How to Cite
Nicaise, I. (2012), A Smart Social Inclusion Policy for the EU: the role of education and training. European Journal of Education, 47: 327–342. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-3435.2012.01528.x
- Issue published online: 21 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 21 MAY 2012
- social exclusion;
- education policy;
Whereas in 2000 the EU had heralded the knowledge-based society with as its motto ‘with more and better jobs and stronger social cohesion’, the past decade has led to greater inequality and (at best) a status-quo in poverty. EU2020 seems to acknowledge this failure and aims to reconnect social inclusion with the knowledge-based strategy. This article discusses the education-inequality nexus and shows what strategic and institutional measures need to be implemented for a ‘smarter’ social inclusion policy: a better balance between knowledge-intensive and knowledge-extensive policies, an extension of EU anti-discrimination law in the field of education, integration of the OMC in education and training with the social OMC (including the social re-orientation of the structural funds), and peer learning focused on structural reform of E&T systems.