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ERIC Number: EJ985319
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
From Patronage to Profiteering? New Zealand's Educational Relationship with the Small States of Oceania
Coxon, Eve
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v34 n1 p57-75 Feb 2002
This paper addresses the educational implications of the geopolitical changes arising from the associated processes of globalisation and regionalisation for the small island states of the South Pacific. As an educationist whose research field combines analysis of the New Zealand educational reforms undertaken over the last decade within a wider context of economic deregulation and public sector restructuring, with an exploration of their effects for education in the Pacific Island countries--especially those which have close historical and cultural links to New Zealand--the author's response to the theme of this session is focused on the relationship between New Zealand, as one of the larger and more powerful states within the South Pacific, and the small states of the region. Of particular concern is New Zealand's promotion of neoliberal economics, the dominant "organising ideology within the global economy" (Dale & Robertson, 1997, p. 210), as the only effective "development" strategy for these small island states and territories at the extreme periphery of the global political economy. Associated with this is New Zealand's offering of herself as "the paradigm case" of the competitive state and deregulated economy (ibid., p. 216) upon which the Pacific Island states should model themselves. In exploring these concerns, the paper adopts a global perspective but does so with due recognition of the historical and cultural particularities which shape how the wider geopolitical interests informing New Zealand's educational relationship with her smaller neighbours were, and are, played out. (Contains 13 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Asia; New Zealand