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Dovemark, Marianne; Kosunen, Sonja; Kauko, Jaakko; Magnúsdóttir, Berglind; Hansen, Petteri; Rasmussen, Palle – Education Inquiry, 2018
The Nordic countries are often perceived as a coherent group representing the Nordic model of welfare states, with a strong emphasis on the public provision of universal welfare and a strong concern with social equality. But today we see a change in the Nordic model as part of a global knowledge economy. The aim of this article is to examine…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Privatization, Commercialization, Educational Change
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Lundahl, Lisbeth; Arreman, Inger Erixon; Holm, Ann-Sofie; Lundström, Ulf – Education Inquiry, 2013
Sweden has commonly been regarded as a striking example of a social democratic welfare-state regime (Esping-Andersen 1996), characterized by strong state governance and active involvement in welfare matters. In the last two decades, however, the Swedish public sector and education system have been radically and extensively transformed in a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Practices, Commercialization, Educational Policy
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Pons, Xavier – Education Inquiry, 2012
Based on a comparison of school external evaluation processes in three countries (England, France and Switzerland), this article questions the possible quality turn in the governance of European educational systems. Using materials collected through qualitative methods (91 interviews, surveys of literature and observations) during a sociological…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Foreign Countries, Governance, Educational Policy
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Holm, Ann-Sofie; Lundström, Ulf – Education Inquiry, 2011
The Swedish education system has undergone major restructuring since the early 1990s. The new policy, including e.g. decentralisation, accountability, school choice and a tax-funded voucher system, has led to an expanding "school market". This article explores how upper secondary school principals perceive the increased competition among…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Policy
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Henning Loeb, Ingrid; Lumsden Wass, Karin – Education Inquiry, 2011
The article shows how, today, internal marketisation processes are intrinsic to Swedish educational municipal managerialism, and how accounting practices are continual, frequent and dispersed and part of teachers' professional work. A case study is presented as an outline of a teacher teams' response to an accounting request and their mobilisation…
Descriptors: Commercialization, Accounting, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students