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ERIC Number: EJ1121385
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov-26
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1207-7798
Manufacturing Consent for Privatization in Public Education: The Rise of a Social Finance Network in Canada
Poole, Wendy; Sen, Vicheth; Fallon, Gerald
Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, n180 p14-46 Nov 2016
Multiple forms of privatization are emerging in the Canadian public sector, including public-private partnerships. This article focuses on one approach to public-private partnerships called "social finance," and a network of public, private, and not-for-profit organizations that promotes social finance as a means of funding public services, including education. The authors employ social network analysis to identify key members of this network, and critical discourse analysis to examine the discourse the network produces. Findings reveal a number of discursive and extra-discursive practices the network uses that legitimize social finance approaches to funding public services. These practices manufacture consent for increased privatization in the public sphere, and this has important implications for public education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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