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From national policy-making to global edu-business: Swedish edu-preneurs on the move
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.
2017 (English)In: Journal of education policy, ISSN 0268-0939, E-ISSN 1464-5106, Vol. 32, no 2, 234-249 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores the movements of some Swedish former education policy-makers that are currently active as commercial edu-business actors with the ambition to expand in the Global Education Industry (GEI). The aim is to map and analyze how a selection of Swedish edu-preneurs affiliated with a particular Swedish school chain enter the GEI and thereby market both their commercialized services and the policy ideas about so-called free schools, in its Swedish version. The study shows how these edu-preneurs move from the domestic to global arenas and how their business and policy advocacy activities are framed and represented. Mobilization and public exposure of previous and present policy advocacy networks are important assets for these edu-preneurs as they navigate the GEI. The study illustrates how these actors make use of particular forms of knowledge, from department ministerial work and party politics, which blends with work in public relations and various edu-businesses, pointing to the interrelatedness of politics, policy, business, power, and ideology. The paper concludes by raising issues in need of further exploration and debate, pertaining to our understanding of education policy-making and, ultimately, democracy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 32, no 2, 234-249 p.
Keyword [en]
Marketization, education, free schools, edu-business, policy-making
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Educational Sciences Pedagogical Work
Research subject
statskunskap; educational work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-129396DOI: 10.1080/02680939.2016.1268725ISI: 000392990100007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-129396DiVA: diva2:1059880
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Swedish Research Council, 2007-4031
Available from: 2016-12-26 Created: 2016-12-26 Last updated: 2017-03-09Bibliographically approved

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