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`Education policy is now a global matter and all the more complex for that. Mark Olssen, John Codd and Ann-Marie O'Neill do us an invaluable service in producing a carefully theorised guide to current issues and key concerns - this is an important, erudite and very practical book' - Stephen J Ball, Education Policy Research Unit, University of London `Given the global reach of neoliberal policies, we need cogent books that enable us to better understand the major effects such tendencies have. Education Policy is such a book. It is insightful and well written--and should be read by all of us who care deeply about what is happening in education in international contexts' - Michael W Apple, Author of 'Educating the "Right" Way and John ...

The Ascendancy of Neoliberalism
The ascendancy of neoliberalism

Neoliberalism constitutes a revival and continuation of earlier liberal perspectives that developed from the seventeenth century and continued right up into and through the nineteenth century. Marginalized by the ethical qualifications of the ‘new’ welfare state liberals of the late nineteenth century, and by the economics of Keynesian demand management in the twentieth century, the earliest writings of the neoliberals of the twentieth century showed all the hallmarks of a displaced embattled minority fighting a rearguard action for political survival.

The main purpose of this chapter is to elaborate the central elements of neoliberalism through an articulation of the principal intellectual and philosophical foundations. After having completed this, we shall provide an overview of the central effects of neoliberalism ...

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