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Big Policies/Small World: An Introduction to International Perspectives in Education Policy

Stephen J. Ball
Comparative Education
Vol. 34, No. 2, Special Number (20): Comparative Perspective in Education Policy (Jun., 1998), pp. 119-130
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3099796
Page Count: 12
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Big Policies/Small World: An Introduction to International Perspectives in Education Policy
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Abstract

In this paper the primary emphasis is upon the general and common elements in contemporary, international education policy, but nonetheless the discussion also considers the processes of translation and recontextualisation involved in the realisation or enactment of policy in specific national and local settings. A set of generic 'problems' which constitute the contemporary social, political and economic conditions for education and social policy making are adumbrated. The emergence of ideological and 'magical' solutions to these problems is identified and the means of the dissemination of these solutions are discussed. A relationship between the global market and the marketisation of education is suggested and explored.

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