Marknadens misslyckande?: om behovet av utökad kontroll av fristående skolor
2014 (Swedish)In: Utbildning och Demokrati, ISSN 1102-6472, Vol. 23, no 1, 39-56 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Market failure? The need for increased control of independent schools. This article critically analyses the introduction of an establishment control of independent schools in Sweden. I discuss how we can understand this change in the current governing regime of both marketization in terms of school choice and competition and increased central state control through national school inspections. This is done by analysing documents such as project plans and reports and interviews with employees at the Swedish Schools Inspectorate. By drawing on Bacchi’s (2009) “What’s the problem represented to be?” approach, I ask: What is the purpose of the establishment control? What problem is the new control represented to solve? For whom is the control necessary? Establishment control is represented as a problem of market risks that is justified by everyone’s gain. I argue that this is not only constructing legitimacy for school inspections but is also contributing to upholding market principles in education as such.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro, 2014. Vol. 23, no 1, 39-56 p.
audit society, independent schools, marketization, school inspection, Sweden
Public Administration Studies Pedagogy
Research subject statskunskap; Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-92562OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-92562DiVA: diva2:741569