Global Education Inc.: New Policy Networks and the Neo-Liberal Imaginary
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Do private and philanthropic solutions to the problems of education signal the end of state education in its welfare form?
This book offers an account of contemporary trends in education reform and public sector governance, starting from England but moving out to describe and analyse new global developments in education policy, with examples from a wide range of recent education policy developments. In particular the book focuses on the increasing role of business and philanthropy in education service delivery and education policy and the emergence of new forms of network governance or, as Stephen Ball refers to them, heterarchies . These are dynamic and very immediate changes that have a national and global significance in relation to education policy, education reforms, democracy, opportunity and the meaning of education.
The book looks at the advocacy and spread of private and philanthropic solutions to the problems of state education, using examples from Latin-America, USA, India, Africa, South-East Asia and England. It argues that significant changes are taking place in how policy and public services get done and suggests that, in education, the sum of these changes indicates the beginning of the end of state education in its welfare form. A set of new, blurred relationships and interests within policy and within state education are outlined.
These sorts of reforms and the new forms of governance that they entail were a central aspect of New Labour public sector reforms (the Third Way) and are also a major basis of Conservative policies for public sector change (the Big Society). But they are also being played our globally through the growth of social enterprise solutions to wicked educational and social problems and the activities of global social actors like the Clinton Global Initiative.
This book will be of interest to practicing policy analysts and theorists and will be a learning resource for policy studies students. The issues and examples are topical. The literature employed is diverse and up-to-date. And the analysis engages with cutting-edge debates in political science, sociology, social policy and social geography.
- Format: Häftad
- ISBN: 9780415684101
- Språk: Engelska
- Antal sidor: 184
- Utgivningsdatum: 2012-02-29
- Förlag: Routledge