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ERIC Number: EJ814790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1750-8487
Converging Us Softly: How Intergovernmental Organizations Promote Neoliberal Educational Policy
Rutkowski, David J.
Critical Studies in Education, v48 n2 p229-247 Sep 2007
In recent years, international organizations (IOs) and, more specifically, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) have played an important role in educational policy-making at the national level. These organizations encourage world change and promote particular ideologies through a set of complex actions and policy recommendations that exploit growing world interconnectedness. This paper discusses some of the ways in which IGOs are affecting educational policy-making at the national level and the ways in which national Governments are engaging with IGOs in order to develop their educational policies. The paper separates the manner in which IGOs influence national educational policy in a movement towards global "soft" convergence by creating four distinct constructs through which we can better understand how IGOs such as the World Bank, the OECD, and even UNESCO are able to perpetuate a neoliberal agenda through global educational policy influence. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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