Mapping Corporate Education Reform: Power and Policy Networks in the Neoliberal State

1st Edition

Wayne Au, Joseph J. Ferrare

Routledge
Published April 10, 2015
Reference - 212 Pages - 18 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138792005 - CAT# Y168842
Series: Critical Social Thought

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Summary

Mapping Corporate Education Reform outlines and analyzes the complex relationships between policy actors that define education reform within the current, neoliberal context. Using social network analysis and powerful data visualization tools, the authors identify the problematic roots of these relationships and describe their effects both in the U.S. and abroad. Through a series of case studies, each chapter reveals how powerful actors, from billionaire philanthropists to multinational education corporations, leverage their resources to implement free market mechanisms within public education.

By comprehensively connecting the dots of neoliberal education reforms, the authors reveal not only the details of the reforms themselves, but the relationships that enable actors to amass troubling degrees of political power through network governance. A critical analysis of the actors and interests behind education policies, Mapping Corporate Education Reform uncovers the frequently obscured operations of educational governance and offers key insights into education reform at the present moment.

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