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The education debatePolicy and Politics in the Twenty-First Century$
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Stephen J. Ball

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349200

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349200.001.0001

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Introduction to key concepts: education policy, economic necessity and public service reform

Introduction to key concepts: education policy, economic necessity and public service reform

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(p.11) 1 Introduction to key concepts: education policy, economic necessity and public service reform
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The education debate
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Stephen J. Ball

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349200.003.0002

This chapter provides the groundwork for the analysis and presentation of policy in the book as a whole. It focuses on a central theme, education reform, and in relation to this it emphasises in particular the global and international context of education policy, issues of policy transfer and ‘borrowing’, ‘convergence’, and the changing spatial configurations of policy and policy making. The chapter also introduces the key concepts that are deployed in the analysis of education policy and the ‘reform’ of education: globalization/glocalization, the knowledge economy and policy technologies (the market, management, performativity). It primarily emphasizes a set of policies, an ensemble of ‘generic policies’, which have global currency in the reform of education, and particular attention will be given to the increasing role in the policy of multilateral organisations. The chapter explores some of the ways that the discourse of globalization and its relationships to education reform are played out within the policy rhetorics of New Labour.

Keywords:   education reform, international context, education policy, policy transfer, borrowing, convergence, globalisation, glocalization, generic policies, New Labour

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