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The Coalition Government and Social PolicyRestructuring the Welfare State$
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Hugh Bochel and Martin Powell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324560

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324560.001.0001

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The coalition government, the general election and the policy ratchet in education: a reflection on the ‘ghosts’ of policy past, present and yet to come

The coalition government, the general election and the policy ratchet in education: a reflection on the ‘ghosts’ of policy past, present and yet to come

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(p.127) Six The coalition government, the general election and the policy ratchet in education: a reflection on the ‘ghosts’ of policy past, present and yet to come
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The Coalition Government and Social Policy
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Patrick L. J. Bailey

Stephen J. Ball

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447324560.003.0006

This chapter provides an overview of coalition government education policy, focusing on compulsory education in England. It also highlights the relationships between coalition policy and that of the Conservative government elected in 2015. The chapter notes areas of both continuity and change with the direction set under new Labour, with the coalition both building on Labour’s policies but also shifting the rhetorical and discursive problem-space of policy. It examines education policy in relation to areas such as the curriculum, academisation and free schools, and the Pupil Premium, as well as performance management, and concludes that Conservative education policy rests on a ‘messy’ combination of regulation, competition and performance management.

Keywords:   Coalition government, Conservative government, Education policy, Academisation, Free schools, Pupil premium, Performance management

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