ERIC Number: EJ747696
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Reference Count: 16
Hypothetical Markets: Educational Application of Ronald Dworkin's "Sovereign Virtue"
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v40 n3 p287-299 Aug 2006
The purpose of this paper is to consider, in principle and at the most general level, a particular possible approach to educational policy-making. This approach involves an education-specific application of the notion of hypothetical markets first developed in Ronald Dworkin's book "Sovereign Virtue: The theory and practice of equality" (2000). The paper distinguishes the concept of the market from the operation of any actual market, and from the operation of "market forces" in any generalised sense. It continues by arguing that hypothetical markets of the kind identified by Dworkin are not only distinct, in both their nature and purpose, from actual markets operating in education, but also--in the face of continuing widespread debate about the value, at particular times and places, of such actual markets--a potentially valuable theoretical tool for educational policy-making. The paper then briefly considers a particular instance of such debate about actual markets in education.
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Equal Education, Debate, Policy Formation, Student Recruitment, Democratic Values
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