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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 ...

Markets, Professionalism, Trust
Markets, professionalism, trust

Although in the last quarter of the twentieth century, neoliberalism constituted a dominant and effective discourse in OECD countries, any consideration of the micro-politics of education policy-making within different OECD countries reveals a contradictory and ‘messy’ picture as far as its specific applications are concerned. This chapter examines the effects of neoliberal restructuring on the nature and purposes of public education, with a particular focus on the reconstitution of citizenship and social relations within education by the discourses of marketization and managerialism.

Educational Restructuring in England

As Ball (1990b; 1994) indicates in relation to the ‘new right’ in England, there were a number of ideological influences which competed to shape policies, including ‘old reformist humanists’, ‘new progressives’, ‘neo-conservatives’, ‘conservative industrialists’ and ‘professionals’ ...

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