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Neoliberalism, globalization, democracy: challenges for education

Olssen, Mark (2004) Neoliberalism, globalization, democracy: challenges for education Globalization, Societies, Education, 2 (2). pp. 231-275.

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This article examines the role of the state and of education in relation to globalisation and argues that it is not a question of globalisation or the nation‐state, but of globalisation and the nation‐state. In order to understand how globalisation might be represented as having both positive and negative effects on states, two forms of globalisation are distinguished, one which attests to the growing interconnectedness of states, and another which relates to the neoliberal policy agenda amongst western countries since the 1970s. The final section of the paper argues for a version of cosmopolitan democracy based on Foucault’s writings, which I term ‘thin communitarianism’. It argues that if survival and security are to be possible, then strategies that preserve the openness of power structures, based on dialogical communication are necessary as a way, in Rorty’s 1998 sense, of keeping the conversation going.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Authors :
Date : July 2004
DOI : 10.1080/14767720410001733665
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Globalization, Societies, Education in July 2004, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : Education Globalisation Foucault Policy
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 25 Jul 2017 16:21
Last Modified : 06 Jul 2019 05:12

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