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Title: The ‘new’ politics of education in Britain’s changing times
Authors: Demaine, Jack
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: © Taylor and Francis
Citation: DEMAINE, J., 2005. The ‘new’ politics of education in Britain’s changing times. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 15(2), pp. 115-128.
Abstract: The British Labour Party has continued to make progress on education, following two broad policy paths and adopting a pragmatic approach which does not attempt to force these to cross or converge. One path is that of the quasi market inherited from the previous Conservative administration, the other is characterised as ‘intervention’ to support those for whom the market remains almost entirely irrelevant. Some observers regard this dual approach as ‘opportunism’ and Labour’s education policy as a ‘betrayal’ of principle; by which is meant the principle of ‘equal opportunity’. But of course, that principle provides equal opportunity to fail as much as to succeed. Rather than leaving education to the market, Labour has focussed on the needs of those most likely to be failed by the principle of ‘equal’ opportunity in a quasi market.
Description: This article was published in the journal, International Studies in Sociology of Education [© Taylor and Francis] and the definitive version is available online at: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09620214.asp
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/09620210500200135
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/2525
ISSN: 0962-0214
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