Introduction: education education education policy

Stephen J. Ball

in The education debate

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349200
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303756 | DOI:
Introduction: education education education policy

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This chapter discusses many of the policy ‘levers’ and ‘technologies’ that can be traced through the specifics of policy in other sectors of education (preschool, school, further education (FE) and lifelong learning, and higher education (HE). The chapter notes that its title is drawn from former Prime Minister Tony Blair's pre-election speech in 1996, which signaled a decisive repositioning of education onto the centre of the policy stage in England. It further notes that education has become a major political issue, a major focus of media attention, and the recipient of a constant stream of initiatives and interventions from government. The chapter emphasizes that the method and approach used in this book is that of ‘policy sociology’, where sociological concepts, ideas, and research are used as tools for making sense of policy.

Keywords: policy levers; technologies; education; Tony Blair; England; policy sociology

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Subjects: Economic Sociology

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