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ERIC Number: EJ1151657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1476-7724
The Political Economy of Education and Inequality: Reflections on Piketty
Klees, Steven J.
Globalisation, Societies and Education, v15 n4 p410-424 2017
Piketty's "Capitalism in the twenty-first century" provides a superb, detailed historical analysis of the evolution of income and wealth inequality. Piketty demonstrates vast and increasing inequality that he argues might possibly be tempered in the future by economic growth and educational expansion supplemented by government redistributive policies. However, Piketty has little understanding of the reproductive nature of education, the limits of economic growth, or the fundamental problems of capitalism. In this paper, I depart from a political economy perspective to examine the bankruptcy of the underlying neoclassical economic theory he relies upon. In particular, I discuss how Piketty mistakenly sees capitalism as, in large part, a meritocracy, and the implications for education. [This paper was presented at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting, Chicago, 15-20 April 2015 and at the Comparative and International Education Society annual meeting, Washington, DC, 8-13 March 2015.]
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Language: English
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