A sociology of education policy: past, present and future

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:
A sociology of education policy: past, present and future

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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

Chapter.  4580 words. 

Subjects: Economic Sociology

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