The Rich World and the Impoverishment of Education: Diminishing Democracy, Equity and Workers' Rights, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Rich World and the Impoverishment of Education

Diminishing Democracy, Equity and Workers' Rights, 1st Edition

Edited by Dave Hill


274 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Advancing a powerful critique of neoliberalized education in many of the rich countries of the world (USA, Canada, Finland, Greece, Israel, Japan, England and Wales, and others), the chapters in this book, written by an international array of acclaimed and emerging radical educators and policy analysts, critically examine and evaluate:

  • What neoliberal changes have taken place (e.g., privatization, vouchers, charter schools, weakening of democratic control of schools, setting up markets in schools and retreating from the comprehensive school principle, commercialization of education, new public managerialism in education)?

  • What are the impacts of these changes on access and equal opportunities, on democracy and critical thinking, and on the rights, pay and conditions of teachers and ancillary/support staff?

Table of Contents

Foreword: The World is Not Flat: Challenging Neoliberal Policies David Hursh 1. Introduction: Neoliberal Politics and Education in the Rich World: Inequality, Undemocracy and the Resistant Possibilities and Roles of Critical Educators Dave Hill 2. The American Privatization Campaign: Vouchers, Charters, Educational Management Organizations and the Money Behind Them Karen Anijar and David Gabbard 3. Neoliberalism and Education in Canada Adam Davidson-Harden, Larry Kuehn, Daniel Schugurensky and Harry Smaller 4. The New Built Environment of Education: Neo-liberalism on Trial in Australia Gregory Martin 5. England and Wales: Neoliberalised Education and its Impacts Christine Lewis, Dave Hill and Barry Fawcett 6. Changing the Tide of Education Policy in Finland: From Nordic to EU Educational Policy Model Joel Kivirauma, Risto Rinne and Piia Seppänen 7. The Neoliberal - Neoconservative Reform in Greek Education Georgios Grollios 8. The Third Way and Beyond: Global Neo-liberalism, Education and Resistance in Taiwan Hui-Lan Wang and Michael Loncar 9. Israel: Neoliberal and Nationalist Education: Towards a Political Pedagogy Aura Mor-Sommerfeld, Ehud Adiv and Arnon Dunetz 10. Education in a One Party 'Democracy': Singapore Steve McKenna and Julia Richardson 11. Education Reforms in Japan: Neo-Liberal, Neo-Conservative, and "Progressive Education" Directions Kaori H. Okano. Contributors. Index.

About the Editor

Dave Hill is Professor of Education Policy at the University of Northampton, England, and Chief Editor of the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, online at He is Routledge Series Editor for Education and Neoliberalism and for Education and Marxism. He is a Socialist political activist, former Labour Parliamentary candidate, Labour Council Group Leader, and trade union regional leader.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Education, Neoliberalism, and Marxism

Neoliberalism is degrading and destroying public education systems globally. The local characteristics may vary, the results are common - increased inequalities in schooling, vocational and higher education, inferior work conditions for teachers and faculty, and detheorized and technicized delivery systems of increasing conservative curricula at all levels of education. Neoliberalism - marketization, privatization, pre-privatization, commodification - is increasingly accompanied by forms of authoritarian conservatism - secular in some countries, religious in others - with increased control, surveillance, and forced abandonment of critique. Such neoliberal and conservative assaults on public education and on broader aims than those which are couched purely in terms of economic/human capital - meet with increased resistance by students, teachers, communities, social movements, and in some countries, political parties.

The Routledge Studies in Education, Neoliberalism, and Marxism series features books by new as well as established scholars that throw a harsh spotlight on the conditions under which education currently labors and offers analysis, hope, and resistance in the name of more collective, egalitarian education for social and for economic justice.

Please send inquiries and proposals to: Dave Hill ( and Elsbeth Wright (


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General