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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 ...

Social Democratic Liberalism
Social democratic liberalism

The virtual absence of theories of the state in educational policy is largely a reflection of the liberal ideology within which such analysis is generally undertaken. According to the liberal view, the state comprises a set of institutions produced by the consensual collective actions of individuals who enter a contract in order to protect their general interests and to make provisions for common social goods such as education, defence and the protection of property. With the rise of capitalism, this liberal view of the state became more deeply entrenched. Carnoy and Levin (1985: 28) summarize this trend as follows:

With Bentham and Mill in the early nineteenth century, ‘classical’ theories of the state, which had been premised on a relatively homogeneous ...

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