Devolution and choice in education: the school, the state, and the market

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Open University Press, 1998 - Education - 170 pages
This book examines recent school reforms in England and Wales, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden. It suggests that, at the same time as appearing to devolve power to individual schools and parents, governments have actually been increasing their own capacity to 'steer' the system at a distance. Focusing particularly on the 'quasi-markets' favoured by the New Right, the authors review the research evidence on the impact of the reforms to date. They conclude that there is no strong evidence to support the educational benefits claimed by the proponents of the reforms and considerable evidence that they are enabling advantaged schools and advantaged parents to maximize their advantages. They argue that, if these damaging equity effects are to be avoided, there is an urgent need to redress the balance between consumer rights and citizen rights in education.

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Whitty-University of London

SALLY J. POWER is Professor of Management, College of Business, University of St. Thomas, in Minneapolis, where she teaches courses in organizational behavior, management, business ethics, and career management. She has published many articles in such journals as Global Economics Quarterly, The Counseling Psychologist, The Journal of Business Ethics, Teaching Business Ethics, and The Journal of Psychological Type, and presents frequently at such conferences as the Academy of Management and the National Career Development Association.

David Halpin is Professor of Education at the School of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment at the Institute of Education, University of London.

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