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Palgrave Macmillan

States, Markets and Education

The Rise and Limits of the Education State

ISBN 9781137326478
Publication Date February 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Transformations of the State

Throughout Western history, education has been brought to larger shares of the population for longer periods of their lives. With the development of nation-states, education has become a social right, a basis for democratic self-determination, and a means of providing wealth and social security. And yet, in the US since the 1980s, the effect of education on economic growth began to decrease, and social inequality eventually increased after decades of growing equality.
Has the rise of the education state reached its limits? This book argues that the ascent and descent of public interest in education policy - as seen by waning front-page coverage of education in leading American, British, French, and German newspapers - is connected to the rise and fall of states in the transformation from Western to non-Western globalization and that the prospects are further internationalization or Hellenism.

Ansgar Weymann is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bremen, Germany. He has previously published Transformation of Education Policy (co-edited).

1. Introduction

2. Political Power, the Economy, and Integration

3. Founding Ideas of Education Policy

4. The Ascent of the Education State in Europe

5. Growth and Stagflation in the Human Capital Century

6. Front-Page Coverage in the Twentieth Century

7. Victorious Nations and Empires - 1900 to 1910

8. Welfare States: Education as a Cure-All - 1950 to 2007

9. Ascents and Descents

10. Towards Internationalization and Hellenism


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