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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 ...

Policy as Text and Policy as Discourse: A Framework for Analysis
Policy as text and policy as discourse: A framework for analysis

Having considered the broad parameters of a Foucauldian approach, in this chapter we focus more specifically on the discursive dimensions of policy, particularly in relation to policy texts. We argue for a materialist theory of language as the basis for an approach to critical discourse analysis.

While we acknowledge the valuable contributions of Scheurich, Gale and others to the growing body of Foucauldian policy analysis, we base our approach on a more comprehensive reading of Foucault that takes account of the emergent nature of his whole intellectual project, thus avoiding the limitations of locking into one period or facet of his work. By adopting Foucault, ...

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