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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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Pihl, Joron; Holm, Gunilla; Riitaoja, Anna-Leena; Kjaran, Jón Ingvar; Carlson, Marie – Education Inquiry, 2018
The purpose of this article is analysis of discursive marginalisation through education in Nordic welfare states. What knowledge do Nordic research discourses produce about marginalisation through education in Nordic welfare states? What are the Nordic contributions to research discourses on marginalisation through education? We apply a discourse…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Equal Education, Welfare Services, Social Systems
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Nordin, Andreas – Education Inquiry, 2014
Around the mid-2000s a crisis discourse emerged in educational policy-making in the EU and in Sweden. Using the EU and Sweden as empirical references, this article explores how this crisis discourse has been and is employed by politicians and NGOs. Discourse Institutionalism is used as an overall theoretical framework focusing on how the crisis…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Educational Change, Discourse Analysis
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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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Hamilton, David; Weiner, Gaby – Education Inquiry, 2011
Drawing on our experience of working in Sweden and seeking to help colleagues enter the prestigious culture of Anglophone academic text production, this article explores the landscape of academic writing and publishing. We first provide an account of the birth of academic writing and the gradual emergence of its present forms. We then explore…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English, Faculty Publishing, Writing for Publication
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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
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Runesdotter, Caroline – Education Inquiry, 2011
Swedish folk high schools previously held an autonomous position with their own courses, specially trained teachers and the teachers' association. With the introduction of market-like structures in adult education a variety of providers including folk high schools have become involved in the competition for public and private educational…
Descriptors: Folk Schools, Teacher Attitudes, Instructional Leadership, Administrator Attitudes
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Rönnberg, Linda – Education Inquiry, 2011
This article focuses on the role of the state in the context of an increasing market orientation in Swedish education policy. It asks if and how a market orientation and privatisation can be reconciled with attempts to reestablish central output control. The controlling function of the state is emphasised in the form of efforts to inspect both…
Descriptors: Marketing, Inspection, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries