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Neither World Polity nor Local or National Societies

Regionalization in the Global South – the Caribbean Community

Tavis D. Jules, Ed.D.

This book examines the policy outcomes of purportedly unavoidable tendencies towards educational isomorphism and harmonization by analyzing, at a regional level, the educational policies devised and carried out by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) over the past two decades. It chronicles the policy process (functional cooperation) and policy tools (lessons-drawing, externalization and policy transfer) of regionalization and highlights, from a cooperation and collaboration perspective, the importance of time, space, and geographic proximity and their roles in furthering convergence. The book’s analyses conclude by showing that, based on the semantics of harmonization, educational isomorphism occurs in cyclical waves and that the fifteen member states of CARICOM only cooperate when it is in their best interest, irrespective of the policy outcome. Therefore, the isomorphic tendencies that exist at the regional level are not – or not primarily – the result of a world polity as hypothesized by neo-institutionalist theory, but rather that of collective choices to confront both challenges and opportunities of globalization and global competition.
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Re-Reading Education Policy and Practice in Small States

Issues of Size and Scale in the Emerging «Intelligent Society and Economy»

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Edited by Tavis D. Jules and Patrick Ressler

The volume is concerned with educational developments in small and microstates, a topic that has only relatively recently started to attract the attention it deserves. It is guided by the questions (i) if and how small and microstates deal with policy challenges to their education systems that are particularly important for their future development and (ii) whether there is something like typical «small / microstate behavior.» The volume seeks to contribute to a genuinely comparative approach to education in small and microstates. Moreover, widening conventional definitions of smallness, it aims to advance research in the field not only in a thematic but also in a theoretical perspective. Overall, the volume seeks to expand our understanding of small and microstates – and by implication of big states as well –, especially regarding what is general and what is particular about their behavior.

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chapter13 ← 268 | 269 → Tavis D. Jules and Patrick Ressler Geostrategic Projection and Projectability – Suggestions for an Agenda for Future Research in a Promising Field Based on the preceding chapters as well as what has been said in the introductory chapter, we argue that it is time to revisit not only the raison d’être of small states research 711 but also the ways in which we work with smallness as an analytical category. In order to help agents in national, regional, international, and other spheres to understand the situation of individual small states

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chapter1 ← 22 | 23 → Tavis D. Jules and Patrick Ressler Is ‘Small’ Always Small and ‘Big’ Always Big? Re-Reading Educational Developments in Small (and Micro) States This volume is concerned with a topic that has only relatively recently started to attract the attention it deserves: educational developments in small states. The volume is guided by the question (i) if and how small states deal with certain policy challenges to their education systems that research has identified as particularly important for their future development, and (ii) whether there is

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Title Re-Reading Education Policy and Practice in Small States Issues of Size and Scale in the Emerging ‘Intelligent Society and Economy’ Edited by Tavis D. Jules & Patrick Ressler

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About the author About the author Tavis D. Jules is an Associate Professor of Cultural and Educational Policy at Loyola University Chicago, USA. Patrick Ressler is the Personal Advisor and Executive Assistant to the President of Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

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content Table of Contents Acknowledgments List of Acronyms Tables and Figures Biographies Part I: Introduction Tavis D. Jules and Patrick Ressler Is ‘Small’ Always Small and ‘Big’ Always Big? Re-Reading Educational Developments in Small (and Micro) States Michael Crossley and Terra Sprague Developing a Bigger Picture: Re-Theorising, Applying, and Extending the Education in Small States Literature Part II: Re-Thinking and Expanding the Geometries of Smallness: Does Size Matter? Rolf Straubhaar Expanding the Definition of Small States: How Rio de Janeiro

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. 2011. Bd./Vol. 22 Jason Beech: Global Panaceas, Local Realities. International Agencies and the Future of Education. 2011. Bd./Vol. 23 Jeremy Rappleye: Educational Policy Transfer in an Era of Globalization: Theory – History – Comparison. 2012. Bd./Vol. 24 Tavis Deryck Jules: Neither World Polity nor Local or National Societies. Regionalization in the Global South – the Carribean Community. 2012. Bd./Vol. 25 Cristina Alarcón: Modelltransfer im Schatten des Krieges. „Deutsche“ Bildungs- und „Preußische“ Militärreformen in Chile, 1879-1920. 2014. Bd./Vol. 26 Jason

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Path-Dependent Development of Technical and Vocational Education and Training for the Garment Industry. 2011. Bd. / Vol. 22 Jason Beech: Global Panaceas, Local Realities. International Agencies and the Future of Education. 2011. Bd. / Vol. 23 Jeremy Rappleye: Educational Policy Transfer in an Era of Globalization: Theory – History – Comparison. 2012. Bd. / Vol. 24 Tavis Deryck Jules: Neither World Polity nor Local or National Societies. Regionalization in the Global South – the Carribean Community. 2012. Bd. / Vol. 25 Cristina Alarcón: Modelltransfer im Schatten des

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Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow and the European Commission mobility grant awardee. TAVIS D. JULES is an Associate Professor of Cultural and Educational Policy at Loyola University Chicago, specifically focusing on Comparative and International Education and International Higher Education. His vast professional and academic experiences have led to research interests in regionalism and governance, transitory spaces, and policy challenges in small island developing states (SIDS). He also has written a plethora of book chapters ranging on topics from post-revolutionary higher