NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Back to results
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1213277
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2000-4508
Exploring the Intersection of Marketisation and Central State Control through Swedish National School Inspection
Rönnberg, Linda
Education Inquiry, v2 n4 p689-707 2011
This article focuses on the role of the state in the context of an increasing market orientation in Swedish education policy. It asks if and how a market orientation and privatisation can be reconciled with attempts to reestablish central output control. The controlling function of the state is emphasised in the form of efforts to inspect both public and private schools. Drawing on the literature on governance, dealing with the "hollowing-out" and "filling-in" of the state, two scenarios are distinguished asserting that a market orientation in the case of education policy could either reduce or intensify the need for state-led control. It is concluded that the characteristics of Swedish education policy conform to the "filling-in" line of argument, namely that central state control is strengthened at a point in time when a market orientation and greater choice and privatisation are gaining ground.
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 530 Walnut Street Suite 850, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Tel: 215-625-8900; Fax: 215-207-0050; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden