Normand, R., Liu, M., Carvalho, L.M., Oliveira, D.A., LeVasseur, L. (Eds.), Education Policies and the Restructuring of the Educational Profession. Perspectives on Rethinking and Reforming Education, Springer, 2018, 220 pages.




The book analyzes worldwide changes in school organization and the teaching profession, and how the profession has been impacted by education policies that promote assessments and accountability. It also identifies some shifts in professional positions, statuses and profiles, and characterizes the impact and contextualization of professional standards that shape teaching practices and the management of schools. Further, the book provides relevant comparative and empirical data on the restructuring of the teaching profession in an era of globalization through a critical perspective on and an overview of the main research and comparative findings across countries. As such, the book is not only directed to educational researchers but will also interest professionals and policymakers, addressing a broader education and policy community concerned by the new aspects shaping the teaching profession in the 21st century.




NORMAND Romuald, The Changing Epistemic Governance of European Education. The Fabrication of the Homo Academicus Europeanus?, Dordrecht, Springer, 2016, 220 pages.




This book examines the transformations of epistemic governance in education, the way in which some actors are shaping new knowledge, and how that new knowledge impacts other actors in charge of implementing this knowledge in the context of the decision-making process and practice. The book describes knowledge-based and evidence-based technologies that produce new modes of representation, cognitive categories, and value-based judgements which determine and guide actions and interactions between researchers, experts and policy-makers. It explores several major social theories and concepts, analysing the transformation of the relationship between educational and social sciences and politics. In the light of epistemic governance being linked to transformations of academic capitalism, the book describes the ways in which academics engaged in heterogeneous networks are capable of developing new interactions as well as facing new trials imposed on them by the changing conditions of producing knowledge in their scientific community and within their institutions.
Knowledge is power. It is materialized in metrics, policy instruments and embedded in networks. The governance of European higher education, insightfully argues Romuald Normand, is not structured by hierarchical public policies, by governmental exercise of authority or heroic decision making. Normand makes a sophisticated intellectual argument, building upon the work of Foucault, Latour (Sociology of science), and the pragmatic sociology of Boltanski and Thévenot (sociology of justification) in order to precisely analyse Europe‘s higher education through the circulation of ideas and instruments. Based upon precise research, the book is a major contribution to the understanding of high education in a capitalist Europe, beyond the simple idea of neo liberalism. Normand, provocatively, even suggests the making of a European Homo Academicus. This is an innovative and important book for public policy, European Studies and the sociology of Education. Patrick le Galès, FBA, CNRS Research Professor, Centre d’Etudes Européennes, Sciences Po, Paris, France.





NORMAND Romuald et DEROUET Jean-Louis, A European Politics of Education: Perspectives from Sociology, Policy Studies and Politics, London, Routledge, 2016, 232 pages.





A European Politics of Education proposes a sociology of education establishing connections between empirical data coming from European-scale comparative surveys, normative assumptions structuring actors’ representations and interpretative judgements, and a specific focus on Lifelong Learning policy areas. It invites readers to think about the place of standards, expertise and calculations in the European space from a common perspective, supported by a tradition of critical sociology and European political studies. The book:

  • Addresses an important agenda: how the policies and politics of supranational Europe are making a European educational space
  • Contains a response to the emergence of new epistemic governance and instruments at European level
  • Contains contributions from the EU and the UK which give a comprehensive selection of perspectives and analysis of the field as it concerns Europe

The complexity of the contemporary European education policy space is addressed here with new lines of inquiry as well as a reflexive outlook, on standardization, policy-making and actor engagement. Students and researchers of European policy studies, education policy analysts and theorists will all be particularly interested readers.





LAWN Martin et NORMAND Romuald, Shaping of European education. Interdisciplinary Approaches, London, Routledge, 2014, 244 pages.





The range, speed and scale of Europeanizing effects in education, and their complexity, has produced a relatively new field of study. Using scholarship and research drawn from sociology, politics and education, this book examines the rise of international and transnational policy and the flow of data and people around Europe to study Europeanizing processes and situations in education.

Each chapter creates a space for policy research on European education, involving a range of disciplines to develop empirical studies about European institutions, networks and processes; the interplay between policy-makers, stakeholders, experts, and researchers; and the space between the European and the national. The volume investigates the construction of European education, exploring the consideration of the role of think tanks and consultancies, international organizations, researcher mobilities, standards, indicators of higher education, and cultural metaphor.

Bringing together international contributors from a variety of disciplines across Europe, the book will be of key value to academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of education studies, politics and sociology.




NORMAND Romuald, Gouverner la réussite scolaire. Une arithmétique politique des inégalités, Berne, Peter Lang, Presses de l’École Normale Supérieure, 2011, 260 pages.





La mesure des inégalités à l’école est située ici dans une perspective sociologique, historique et comparative. Des instruments et techniques de calcul ont façonné des principes de justice comme le mérite, l’efficacité, l’équité. Leur analyse invite les lecteurs – politiques, administrateurs, personnels d’encadrement, enseignants, parents… – à découvrir l’arithmétique politique des inégalités qui a infléchi les politiques d’éducation ces dernières décennies. Comparant les Etats-Unis, l’Angleterre et la France, ce livre éclaire le débat public face aux enquêtes internationales utilisées pour légitimer des choix stratégiques et à l’obligation de rendre compte qui s’installe dans les systèmes éducatifs. Science et politique étant liées, l’auteur explore la circulation internationale des savoirs scientifiques et experts, leur traduction en sciences de gouvernement, leur stabilisation dans des recommandations et des instruments choisis par les décideurs politiques pour justifier les réformes.



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Articles récents

  • DEROUET, Jean-Louis NORMAND Romuald, PACHECO Ramon GP La modernización del sistema educativo en Francia: la nueva gestión pública entre la afirmación del Estado y la gobernanza descentralizada, Educação & Sociedade, 36, 2015, p.723-741
  • NORMAND Romuald, “A profissão docente à prova da Nova Gestão Pública: a reforma inglesa da Terceira Via”, Educação em Quest ão, Educa, v46(32)2013 p. 37-50.
  • NORMAND Romuald, « Enjeux politiques des instruments quantitatifs en éducation », La Pensée, 2012, no 372, pp. 2‑21.
  • NORMAND Romuald, « La profession enseignante à l’épreuve du Nouveau Management Public. La réforme anglaise de la Troisième Voie », Sociologie du Travail, 2011, vol. 53, no 3, pp. 293‑348.
  • NORMAND Romuald et DALUD-VINCENT Monique, « Sciences de gouvernement de l’éducation et réseaux transnationaux d’experts. La fabrication d’une politique européenne », Education & Sociétés, 2012, no 29, pp. 103-123.
  • NORMAND Romuald et DALUD-VINCENT Monique, « Entre mesure, science et politique. Construction et analyse d’un réseau international de co-publications dans le domaine de l’éducation », Nouvelles Perspectives en Sciences Sociales, 2011, vol. 6, no 2, pp. 197-232
  • NORMAND Romuald et DALUD-VINCENT Monique, « Analyse textuelle et analyse de Réseaux: Exemple du traitement d’une base de données bibliographiques à l’aide des logiciels Alceste et Pajek », Bulletin de Méthodologie Sociologique, 2011, no 109, pp.20-38.
  • NORMAND Romuald et DEROUET Jean-Louis, « The hesitation of French policy makers in identifying a Third Way in Education », Journal of Educational Administration and History, 2011, vol. 43, no 2, pp. 141‑163.

Chapitres d’ouvrages collectifs

  • NORMAND Romuald, « What works? »: From health to education, the shaping of the European policy of evidence” in Trimmer Karen.  (ed.), Political Pressures on Educational and Social Research. International perspectives, Routledge, 2016.
  • DEROUET Jean-Louis, NORMAND Romuald, “New Public Management in the French educational system: Between affirmation of the state and decentralised governance” in Helen M. GUNTER, Emiliano GRIMALDI, David HALL, Roberto SERPIERI (ed.) New Public Management and the Reform in Education. European Lessons for Policy and Practice, Routledge, 2016.
  • NORMAND Romuald, “France: between Civil Service and Republican Ethics. The Statist Vision among French Principals” in Helen ALERSTIG, Christopher DAY, Olof JOHANSSON (ed.) A Decade of Research on School Principals, Dordrecht, Springer, 2016.
  • NORMAND Romuald, DEROUET Jean-Louis, “Top-down accountability and local management Tensions and contradictions experienced by French principals as leaders Educational Accountability” in Jacob EASLEY, Pierre TULOWITZKI (dir.), International perspectives on challenges and possibilities for school leadership, London, Routledge, 2016
  • NORMAND Romuald, « The challenges of the French Homo Academicus: Modernization, Identities and the Sense of Justice », in Linda EVANS et Jon NIXON (dir.), Academic identities and the Changing European Landscape, Continuum, 2014.
  • NORMAND Romuald, « Constructing the Lifelong Learning Self: European policies and the sense of justice », in J.-M.John HOLFORD (dir.), Adult education policy and the European union: Theoretical and methodological issues, ESREA Book Series: Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, Sense Publishers, 2014.
  • NORMAND Romuald, « School improvement and accountability in France: timid changes, big hopes », in Ulla. LINDQVIST (dir.), Create learning for all – what matters?, CIDREE YearBook, 2012.
  • NORMAND Romuald, « French Educators’ Uncertainties and Doubts against Changes influenced by Globalization », in Terri SEDDON, Jenny OZGA et John LEVIN (dir.), Globalization and professions, Routledge World Yearbook of Education, 2012.
  • NORMAND Romuald et DEROUET J.-L., « Les nouvelles épreuves d’Homo Academicus. Revisiter la condition universitaire dans une société de la connaissance », in Jean.-Emile. CHARLIER, Sarah. CROCHÉ et Bruno. LECLERCQ (dir.), Contrôler la qualité dans l’enseignement supérieur, Academya, L’Harmattan, 2012.
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