Think tanks, policy networks and education governance: The rising of new intra-national spaces of policy in Portugal

Sofia Viseu, Luís Miguel Carvalho

Abstract


This article focuses on the role of think tanks in education governance in Portugal, We are interested in contributing to a literature that discusses the emergence of new intra-national spaces of policy, and examines how the actors operating in those spaces work and influence education policy. This article is based on an empirical study conducted by EDULOG, a think tank for education that has been operating since 2015. We mapped EDULOG’s activities, the information generation activities, organizations, and actors connected to EDULOG using a network ethnography and social network analysis. This study shows that a) this organization articulated a network of actors from different sectors, including the academy, business and government agencies; and b) EDULOG acts as a space of social and cognitive intermediation, committed to developing knowledge geared towards policy decision and problem solving.


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Think tanks; policy networks; education governance; social network analysis

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14507/epaa.26.3664

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