Regional Policy Spaces, Knowledge Networks, and the “Nordic Other”

Saija Volmari *, Kirsten Sivesind, Jón Torfi Jónasson

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This chapter examines the use of regional policy knowledge and the importance of Nordic cooperation in the latest education reforms in Finland, Iceland, and Norway. By drawing on interviews and bibliometric network analysis, the authors demonstrate that policymakers do not consider knowledge sources from other Nordic countries as essentially prominent. The authors offer four explanatory narratives for this finding and coin the concept the “Nordic Other” as various mindsets of experts that vary in different settings of cooperation. In the international policy space, a coalition based on a Nordic consensus is of core importance, while in the regional space, policymakers utilize knowledge to explore national solutions to common problems. Therefore, Nordic cooperation has various functions in terms of evidence-based policymaking that depend on the context in which collaboration takes place.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvidence and Expertise in Nordic Education Policy
Subtitle of host publicationA Comparative Network Analysis
EditorsBerit Karseth, Kirsten Sivesind, Gita Steiner-Khamsi
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Cham
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-91959-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-91958-0
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2022

Other keywords

  • Policy space
  • Knowledge network
  • Nordic cooperation
  • Evidenve-based policy
  • Expert interviews


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