The politics of school choice in two countries with large private‐dependent sectors (Spain and Chile): family strategies, collective action and lobbying

Rambler, Xavier, Valiente, Óscar and Frías, Carla (2011) The politics of school choice in two countries with large private‐dependent sectors (Spain and Chile): family strategies, collective action and lobbying. Journal of Education Policy, 26 (3). pp. 431-447. ISSN 0268-0939

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Abstract

In many countries choice of school is an increasing concern for families and governments. In Spain and Chile, it is also associated with a long‐standing political cleavage on the regulation of large sectors of private‐dependent schools. This article analyses both the micro‐ and the macro‐politics of choice in these two countries, where low‐status 15‐year‐old students record a significant segregation. At the micro level, some evidence is provided that not only middle‐class skilful choosers but also the political representatives of private‐dependent schools manage to pursue their interests drawing on economic, social and cultural capital. At the macro level, evidence also shows that the lobbies defending private‐dependent schools can use and maintain these power resources. However, in some episodes collective action is an effective power resource for those who campaign in favour of a stricter regulation of these schools, but its influence is much difficult to maintain for longer periods.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC0065 Social aspects of education > LC0215 Community and the school
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC0065 Social aspects of education > LC0215 Community and the school > LC0225 Home and school
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Depositing User: Cecilia Kimani
Date Deposited: 03 May 2012 09:49
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2012 10:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/38835
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