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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 ...

Democracy, Citizenship and the ‘Thin’ Community
Democracy, citizenship and the ‘thin’ community

The debate over choice policies identifies a philosophical dilemma that lies at the heart of education and social policy. Fundamentally, it is a dilemma in which two conflicting ethical frameworks are called upon to justify different elements of the same overall set of reform policies. The philosophical and ethical theory that underlies marketization and provides a rationale for ‘choice’ policies can be recognized as entailing two specific forms of liberalism. Traditional social contract versions of liberalism rationalized choice in relation to the belief in the rational capacity of the self-interested individual. Classical economic versions rationalized it in terms of the belief in laissez-faire as the guiding principle for the state. In this chapter, we ...

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