The emergence of public-private partnerships in the global governance of education

Over the past decade, the globalization and governing of education through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) have generated considerable debate as to their meaning, purpose, status and outcomes. This debate is particularly heated in the education sector because of the widely-held view that education is a complex social and political activity that should remain largely, if not wholly, in the public sector serving public interests. The article analyses the rapid expansion of Education Public Private Partnerships (EPPPs) and the associated introduction of market rules into the education sector. We focus on the role of a key global development network in globalizing a particular kind of ePPPs, and show that the EPPP idea fits into a wider project of reconstituting public education as an education services industry to be governed as part of the construction of a market society.

Public-private partnerships; Globalization; Educational governance; Policy entrepreneurs


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