Policies Evaluation and Accountability in the European Union. Repercussions in the domain of education and training in Portugal
Sociology of Education and Educational Administration Universidade of Minho Braga, Portugal
The European Union, mainly through the European Commission, had a rather premature role in the development of policies evaluation and accountability. However, in the last years, especially after the Lisbon Strategy in 2000 and after the adoption of the Open Method of Coordination, this role has been widened showing new patterns. This paper is intended at contextualizing the increasing tendency and at discussing some of the eventual repercussions in the reconfiguration of policies, decision-making and discourses in the field of education and training in Portugal. Therefore, the period analysed will be the one in which the Socialist government supported by an absolute majority ruled (2005 to 2009). Several government decisions that directly or indirectly are related to the evaluation accountability issues in the national context will be discussed.