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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 University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349200.001.0001

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A sociology of education policy: past, present and future

A sociology of education policy: past, present and future

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(p.193) 5 A sociology of education policy: past, present and future
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The education debate
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Stephen J. Ball

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349200.003.0006

This chapter focuses on some of the circularities and discontinuities within education policy and flags up for further attention some of the recurring themes in the book as a whole: the changing form and modalities of the state; the production of ‘new learners’; the subordination of education to economic imperatives; policy convergence, across countries and across sectors; the ‘privatization’ of public-sector education, and the ‘joining up’ of social and educational policies. It concludes the account and interpretation of education policy by focusing on a set of general issues that have arisen and recurred in the foregoing text: first, by looking at ‘dissolutions and conservations’ within current education policy; second, by thinking about how education and education policy are being reconfigured in space and time. The chapter also discusses ongoing trends.

Keywords:   circularities, discontinuities, education policy, state modalities, new learners, economic imperatives, policy convergence, privatisation, dissolutions and conservations, ongoing trends

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