Educational marketization the Swedish way
2013 (English)In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, E-ISSN 2000-4508, Vol. 2013, no 3, 497-517 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
Sustainable developmentThe content falls within the scope of Sustainable Development
Sweden has commonly been regarded as a striking example of a social democratic welfare-state
regime (Esping-Andersen 1996), characterized by strong state governance and active involvement
in welfare matters. In the last two decades, however, the Swedish public sector and education
system have been radically and extensively transformed in a neo-liberal direction, a move that was
preceded by extensive decentralization of decision-making from the state to municipalities and
schools. In this article the scope, character and some of the consequences of internal and external
marketization of Swedish education in the early 2000s are summarized, and the impact of
competition on the internal workings of upper secondary schools is highlighted in particular.
We conclude that the external marketization of education has proceeded a long way and Sweden
also fully embraces new public management, i.e. ‘inner marketization’, of education in most
respects. However, aspects of the older social democratic policy paradigm are still visible with
regard to the assigned functions, values and governance of education.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeaa Universitet: School of Education , 2013. Vol. 2013, no 3, 497-517 p.
Sweden, marketization, education policy, upper secondary education
Other Social Sciences
Research subject Teacher Education and Education Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1629DOI: 10.3402/edui.v4i3.22620Local ID: 2320/12730OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-1629DiVA: diva2:869698