The Privatization of Education: A Political Economy of Global Education Reform

published 2017-01-17 updated 2018-04-24

Education privatization is a global phenomenon that crystallizes in countries with very different cultural, political, and economic backgrounds.

In this book, the authors examine how privatization policies are being adopted and why so many countries are engaging in this type of education reform. The authors explore the contexts, key personnel, and policy initiatives that explain the worldwide advance of the private sector in education, and identify six different paths toward education privatization--as a drastic state sector reform (e.g., Chile, the U.K.), as an incremental reform (e.g., the U.S.A.), in social-democratic welfare states, historical public-private partnerships (e.g., Netherlands, Spain), de facto privatization in low-income countries, and privatization via disaster.

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