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The role of the private sector in publicly-funded schooling in England: finance, delivery and decision making

West, Anne and Currie, Peter (2008) The role of the private sector in publicly-funded schooling in England: finance, delivery and decision making. Policy and Politics, 36 (2). pp. 191-207. ISSN 0305-5736

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Abstract

In England, there is significant involvement of the private sector in publicly funded schools. This article focuses on different forms of involvement via academies and city technology colleges; specialist schools; Education Action Zones; outsourcing of services; and the Private Finance Initiative. Private sector involvement varies along different dimensions: service delivery, source of funding and locus of decision making. In the most far-reaching forms of involvement, decision making no longer rests with the public sector but is transferred to the private sector. The effects of the blurring of public and private finance and delivery are discussed in relation to democratic accountability.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.policypress.org.uk/journals/policy_pol...
Additional Information: © 2008 The Policy Press
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
L Education > L Education (General)
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Education Research Group (ERG)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2008 13:07
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/19650/

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