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Alluring Ideas: Cherry Picking Policy from Around the World


  • Carrie Winstanley

Correspondence: Carrie Winstanley, Roehampton University, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PU, UK.



A common feature of contemporary policymaking is the sharing and adaptation of policies from other countries. As neo-liberal globalisation continues to impact on the development of policy, such practices are increasingly commonplace. This article considers the current phenomenon of ‘policy borrowing’ with reference to the use of data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the 2010 Schools White Paper The Importance of Teaching. The article also traces the origins of policy borrowing and shows what philosophy of education can bring to its discourse.