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Privatisation and Commercialisation in Public Education
How the Public Nature of Schooling is Changing

ISBN 9780367351441
Published October 9, 2020 by Routledge
228 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Privatisation and Commercialisation in Public Education asks how publicness is being redefined through the restructuring of nominally public school systems. Over the past few decades, governments have engineered a wave of reforms in their public systems opening them to privatisation and commercialisation. In public education systems competition, choice and autonomy have become entrenched vectors of these reforms.

This edited collection carefully examines the difference between privatisation and commercialisation and traces the varying effects privatised and commercialised policy reforms have had in different educational contexts. Many countries have approached the thorny issues of school choice and school autonomy in different ways, and this book investigates the impact of these agendas across the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, parts of Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and India. This book brings together contemporary, international perspectives from high-profile policy academics on both privatisation and commercialisation in public education systems under the provocation of how the ‘public’ nature of schooling is changing.

This is essential reading for those interested in the idea that current education policy reforms are reshaping what might be considered core educational practices in public schooling.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The ‘Publicness’ of Schooling

Anna Hogan & Greg Thompson

Part I: Privatisation

1. What 'Good' is Schooling? The New Edu-Philanthropies and Education Reform

Chris Lubienski

2. Charities and State Schooling Privatisations in Aotearoa New Zealand

John O’Neill & Darren Powell

3. Mobilising Neoliberal Discourse and Fostering New Subjectivities: The Eclectic Role of Philanthropy in Contemporary Global Education Governance

Carolina Junemann & Antonio Olmedo

4. Interrogating the Private in Public School Outsourcing in Liberia

Curtis Riep & Mark Machacek

5. Hybrid Models of Delivery: State-Mandated Public-Private Partnerships in India

Radhika Gorur & Ben Arnold

Part II: Commercialisation

6. Edu-Business in Finnish Schooling

Piia Seppänen, Martin Thrupp & Sonia Lempinen

7. High-Stakes Accountability Pressures in the Expansion of a School Improvement Industry: Evidence from Chile

Lluís Parcerisa, Antoni Verger & Alejandra Falabella

8. The Flow of Public Funding to Private Actors in Education: The Swedish Case

Linda Rönnberg, Malin Benerdal, Sara Carlbaum & Ann-Sofie Holm

9. Teacher Concerns Regarding Commercialisation

Greg Thompson, Anna Hogan, Paul Shield, Bob Lingard & Sam Sellar

Part III: Publicness

10. Nationhood, Sex and the Family: Neoconservatism and the Moral Dilemmas of Privatisation in Schooling

Jessica Gerrard

11. Buying and Selling the Public School in the Market: The Politics of Space and Boundary Crossings for Urban School Choosers

Emma Rowe

12. Explaining Publicness: A Typology for Understanding the Provision of Schooling in Contemporary Times

Nicole Mockler, Anna Hogan, Bob Lingard, Mark Rahimi & Greg Thompson

Conclusion: Beyond Publicness

Anna Hogan & Greg Thompson

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Anna Hogan is a Senior Lecturer of Education at the University of Queensland.

Greg Thompson is an Associate Professor of Education Research at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).


'There is a quiet revolution underway in our schools – a fundamental shift from public service to private interests and business practices. The collection illustrates and examines these interests and practices at work in diverse locations around the world. This is a crucial and critical resource for anyone who wants to understand the state of education now.' - Stephen Ball, Emeritus Professor of Sociology of Educationat, Institute of Education, University College London, UK

'Hogan and Thompson have assembled the most prolific thinkers to investigate the relationship between the state, education businesses, and edu-philanthropies. Different from most other books that merely document the global spread of neo-liberal reforms, the authors of this book analyze what these reforms have done ten, twenty or thirty years later to education as a public good.' - Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA