The Role of Knowledge in the Construction and Regulation of Health and Education Policy in Europe: Convergences and Specificities Among Nations and Sectors (KNOWandPOL)



Bernard Delvaux, Eric Mangez, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)

Consortium members

  • Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
  • Université de Liege, Liege, Belgium
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France
  • Établissement Public de Santé Mental, Lille, France
  • Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, Budapest
  • Szociológiai Kutatóintézet – MTA, Budapest
  • Ludwig-Maximilian-Universitat, München, Germany
  • Hogskolen Ostfold, Ostfold, Norway
  • Universitetet Bergen, Bergen, Norway
  • Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo, Norway
  • Faculdade de Psicologia e de Sciencias de Educacion, Lisszabon, Portugal
  • Sapientia Erdélyi Magyar Tudományegyetem, Csíkszereda, Romania
  • University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Great Britain

Team leader of the "Hungary Health" Research Group

Erőss, Gábor

Participants (IS, HAS)

Erőss, Gábor
Dávid, Beáta
Fernezelyi, Bori
Koltai, Júlia
Levendel, Sára
Gárdos, Judit


Former participants

Berkovits, Balázs
Kende, Anna
Mund, Katalin
Oblath, Márton

The research

The legitimacy and authority of social and political processes depends on the legitimacy and authority of the knowledge on which they draw. Knowledge is both contested and a means of contestation: it has become both vehicle and substance of politics. Both social cohesion and effective government depend on integrating knowledge as well as interests.

Yet we understand relatively little about the process by which this takes place. How are its different sources of information and ways of knowing mobilized in making decisions? To what extent does government consist in mobilizing knowledge? Twelve research teams specialized in the analysis of sector-based policies addresses these issues directly in respect of two fields, education and health. Both are pressing concerns of both governments and citizens across Europe, and each raises questions about the combination of scientific, practical and managerial understanding in different ways. The project is both multinational and multilevel, in that it looks at knowledge and governance problems across eight different countries and in local, national and international domains.

Our topics of research are the ongoing reform of the Hungarian Health Care System (Regionalization, accountability, etc.) and that of the Special educational Needs (Pupils with special needs) field in Hungary.

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