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ERIC Number: ED419212
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 11
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Social Justice and Welfare State in Decline.
Nilsson, Ingrid
Many of the educational changes during the last decade are international in respect to both form and content. Behind the global flow of ideas and ideologies, there is an accelerated competition for positions at the marketplace. The role of education in the new liberal rhetoric is explicitly to give direct and substantial economic results. Governments are not supposed to promote social justice, but to catch signals from the market and the consumers, and to introduce competition, choice and diversity into new fields. To examine these developments, a discussion of the concept of social justice in relation to the emergence of the welfare state is offered. The paper describes some of the education changes in Europe, particularly in Sweden, and presents statistics from the National Agency for Education. In Sweden, the welfare policy was introduced after World War II with a motivation close to Rawls'"distributive" definition of social justice. Equal opportunity is no longer a theme in the political rhetoric. The education for "excellency" threatens equity and equality as general educational goals and the number of marginalized pupils will increase. It is argued that a new conception of social justice is needed. (MKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden