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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 ...

Classical Liberalism
Classical liberalism

One of the key elements in the reading of educational policy is the philosophical context of both the policy discourse and the methods of reading it. The origins and the rise in the prominence of liberalism are of significance to the study of the nature of western capitalist societies. Liberal philosophies and ideologies have provided the basis upon which the political economy and the interlinked social and economic systems of these societies have been built. They have provided the guiding principles and ideological rationales for their organization and their social, political and economic reproduction. This is particularly so in relation to education. Liberalism has influenced the basic conception of what constitutes its meaning, and shaped the policies through which it has been ...

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