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ERIC Number: EJ758511
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 80
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
GATS and the New Developmentalism: Governing Transnational Education
Sidhu, Ravinder
Comparative Education Review, v51 n2 p203-227 May 2007
This article introduces a relatively recent development, the inclusion of education as a tradable service under the World Trade Organization's (WTO's) General Agreement on Trade and Services (GATS). The author focuses on two Trade in Education Services forums--one in Washington, DC (USA), and one in Sydney (Australia)--to investigate the discursive strategies used to promote trade in education in the multilateral context. The author identifies the truth regimes that are concretized and the strategies used by both state and nonstate actors to define, codify, and delimit the discourse on trade in education. The author argues that these strategies help create the conditions for a broader "epistemic lock in," where various authorities associated with education are steered toward legitimizing a "new developmentalism," namely, the reconfiguration of trade liberalization as a developmental tool. By framing the liberalization of trade in education in moral terms, as the means to alleviate global poverty and bridge the development divide, the implications of a GATS-sanctioned commercial agenda are rendered invisible. Using governmentality as a theoretical and methodological framework, the author begins the inquiry into the discursive reconstruction of transnational education with the question of how ideas about trade liberalization are globalized. There are five interconnecting sections in this article: (1) Definition of governmentality; (2) Globalization as a "governing mentality" (3) Politics of global governance (4) Trade discourses in education; and (5) Other key themes associated with the trade-in-education platform. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; District of Columbia