NEW ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN JOURNAL OF COMMON MARKET STUDIES
The article ‘Why educational exchange programmes miss their mark: Cross-border mobility, education and European identity’ has been published in the current issue of Journal of Common Market Studies (50 (6):994-1010.
It can be accessed online here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2012.02286.x/abstract
Abstract: Current research shows that participating in an Erasmus exchange does not strengthen European identity. However, this does not necessarily imply that transnational interactions are ineffective in fostering European identity. Rather, the Erasmus programme misses its mark by addressing university students who are already very likely to feel European. Due to a ceiling effect, their experience abroad can hardly make a difference. In contrast, low educated individuals who might respond strongly to cross-border mobility by adopting a European identity hardly participate in educational exchange because they leave school before these programs take place. Analyses of Eurobarometer survey data support this hypothesis.
Keywords: Education policy, Erasmus, European identity, intergroup contact, student mobility.