1st Edition

The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Education Policy and Politics





ISBN 9780415345743
Published October 26, 2006 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

This Reader brings together selected papers from leading scholars to address the most significant recent development in educational policy and politics: the impact of globalisation.  The papers discuss, document and analyse evidence of globalisation’s effects on the new direction of education policies and practices, and in the production of globalised agendas for the redesign of state provision and the governance of education. 

The Reader is organised in two parts.  The first part provides a selection of articles that interrogate globalisation and its effects from a variety of analytical perspectives, and explore what kind of politics are possible in the framing context of globalisation.  The second part documents and discusses different types of engagement with politics and policy in a variety of settings and sectors, including numerous European and Pacific Rim policy contexts. 


This important collection underlines the need to approach globalisation, education policy and politics from numerous perspectives, and offers analytical, empirical and theoretical resources for the reframing of contemporary education politics.  Students of educational policy and politics will find this Reader an invaluable resource for understanding, theorising and researching in these academic fields. 

Table of Contents

Section 1: The Global Framing of Education Policy and Politics  1. Postmodernity and Revisioning the Political  2. Debating Globalisation and Education after September 11th  3. Big Policies, Small World: An Introduction to International Perspectives in Education Policy  4. Specifying Globalization Effects on National Policy: A Focus on the Mechanisms  5. Governing Education: Educational Politics and Policy  Section 2: Vernacular Politics, Policies and Processes  6. After the Marketplace: Evidence, Social Science and Educational Research  7.  Globalization and Educational Policy-making: A Case Study  8. Swedish, European, Global: The Transformation of the Swedish Welfare State  9.  National and Global Competition in Higher Education  10. Education, Nation States and the Globalisation of Information Networks  11. Unravelling a ‘Spun’ Policy: A Case Study of the Constitutive Role of ‘Spin’ in the Education Policy Process  12. Public Accountability in the Age of Neo-Liberal Governance  13. Realising Policy: The Who and How of Policy Production  14. Politics of Social Partnerships: A Framework for Theorizing  15. Bourdieu as Education Policy Analyst and Expert: A Rich but Ambigious Legacy

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