1st Edition

Privatisation, Education and Social Justice

Edited By Geoffrey Walford Copyright 2016
    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    Privatisation in and of education is a process that takes many different forms, and is deeply controversial. While the shift in who pays is certainly an important dimension of privatisation, there have also been changes in the management, provision, and delivery of schooling. In most of the economically developed world, discussion about the privatisation of education is now several decades old, and yet new forms of privatisation are still being developed and old forms being applied to new situations.

    This book examines the concept and nature of privatisation, and explores the impacts of privatisation in terms of social justice. The authors extend various arguments about the processes, and provide new research and critique. Some believe that privatisation can lead to increasing social justice for the poor, while others argue the exact opposite. This volume contributes to theoretical conceptions of social justice and education as well as providing up-to-date research results.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of Oxford Review of Education.

    1. Introduction Geoffrey Walford

    2. The social justice implications of privatisation in education governance frameworks: a relational account Susan L. Robertson and Roger Dale

    3. Challenging educational injustice: ‘Grassroots’ privatisation in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa James Tooley

    4. Social justice and education in the public and private spheres Sally Power and Chris Taylor

    5. Behind the façade of fee-free education: shadow education and its implications for social justice Mark Bray and Ora Kwo

    6. Privatising form or function? Equity, outcomes and influence in American charter schools Christopher Lubienski

    7. Does educational privatisation promote social justice? Henry M. Levin, Ilja Cornelisz and Barbara Hanisch-Cerda

    8. State support for private schooling in India: What do the evaluations of the British Assisted Places Schemes suggest? Geoffrey Walford

    9. Access or quality? Why do families living in slums choose low-cost private schools in Lagos, Nigeria? Joanna Härmä


    Geoffrey Walford is Emeritus Professor of Education Policy at the University of Oxford, UK.