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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 ...

Discourses of Choice, Inequality and Social Diversity
Discourses of choice, inequality and social diversity

At the dawn of the twenty-first century, neoliberalism presents an enormous threat to the provision of public education by democratic states. As a political force that continues to shape public policy both within nation-states and globally, neoliberals stand opposed to those who hold that education is a basic right of citizenship and that public schooling is a necessary institutional means for the advancement of social democracy. Throughout the 1990s, neoliberal governments in a number of OECD countries adopted policies that effectively reduced the state's responsibility for providing and maintaining a comprehensive and accessible public education system. Widespread acceptance for these policies was obtained in many instances by claims that they would reduce ...

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