1st Edition

Neoliberalism and Market Forces in Education Lessons from Sweden

Edited By Magnus Dahlstedt, Andreas Fejes Copyright 2019
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    Neoliberalism and Market Forces in Education provides a wide perspective on the dramatic transformation of education policy in Sweden that has taken place during the last 30 years, with a specific focus on marketization. The marketization of education in Sweden is set in the wider international context of changes in education systems.

    With contributions from researchers across a wide range of scientific disciplines, the book provides examples of the consequences of market orientation in education in terms of increase in inequality as well as in terms of what the market orientation means for principals, teachers and students. It considers how Sweden has developed one of the most marketized education systems in the world and the possible consequences of such processes, as identified by research.

    Neoliberalism and Market Forces in Education will be of great interest to educational practitioners, politicians, scholars in the field, and postgraduate and research students in education.

    Chapter 1: Market forces in Swedish education

    Magnus Dahlstedt & Andreas Fejes

    Section 1: School choice, inequality and segregation

    Chapter 2: Public schools’ market strategies

    Håkan Forsberg & Mikael Palme

    Chapter 3: Equity and choice for newly arrived migrants

    Dennis Beach & Marianne Dovemark

    Chapter 4: Consequences of free school choice and local responses

    Viktor Vesterberg & Magnus Dahlstedt

    Section 2: Market forces and changing views on education

    Chapter 5: Market reforms in Sweden and the OECD

    Anders Trumberg

    Chapter 6: Representations of a school in constant crisis

    Eva Reimers

    Chapter 7: ‘Market relevance’ and the academic-vocational divide

    Mattias Nylund

    Chapter 8: Fostering entrepreneurial citizens

    Magnus Dahlstedt & Andreas Fejes

    Chapter 9: Neoliberalising adult education

    Marie Carlson & Bengt Jacobsson

    Section 3: Competition and business logic

    Chapter 10: A stimulating competition in the upper secondary school market?

    Ann-Sofie Holm & Lisbeth Lundahl

    Chapter 11: Procurement as a market in adult education

    Andreas Fejes & Diana Holmqvist

    Chapter 12: School fairs as the market place of education

    Martin Harling

    Chapter 13: Swedish school companies going global

    Linda Rönnberg

    Section 4: Competition and evaluation

    Chapter 14: School inspection and the market

    Sara Carlbaum

    Chapter 15: Trust-based evaluation in a market-oriented school system

    Jonas Vlachos

    Chapter 16: Lessons from Sweden

    Andreas Fejes and Magnus Dahlstedt


    Magnus Dahlstedt is Professor of Social Work at Linköping University in Sweden. His research interests concern citizenship in times of migration, market orientation, welfare and social policy changes, and democracy.

    Andreas Fejes is Professor and Chair of Adult Education Research at Linköping University in Sweden. His research interests concern the marketization of adult education; migration, learning and social inclusion; citizenship education; and bibliometric studies in education.

    "Too much is said about neoliberalism in general and not enough about neoliberalism in particular. This collection of papers deals with both in relation to Sweden. The reader gets a real sense of moments, structures and processes of neoliberalisation. Together the papers offer of subtle, insightful and potent analysis of a country once renowned for its equity and welfare being remade by the values and social relations of neoliberalism. We should all read this, we may be next!"

    Stephen J Ball, Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology of Education, Institute of Education, University College London.