The business of policy: a review of the corporate sector’s emerging strategies in the promotion of education reform

Clara Fontdevila, Antoni Verger, Marina Avelar

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Abstract

© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This paper examines the increasingly diverse range of roles played by the corporate sector in shaping education policy. While a growing body of scholarship has documented the deepening embeddedness of the corporate sector within policy-making processes, empirical research on the strategies mobilized by corporate actors remains unsystematised and fragmentary. Furthermore, existing categorizations of corporate policy-influence strategies are frequently restricted to a limited group of Anglo-Saxon countries and, consequently, are ill suited to capturing emerging policy dynamics globally. Building on the results of a literature review, this paper categorises four emerging strategies articulated by the corporate sector: knowledge mobilization, networking, engaging with grassroots, and leading by example. Each strategy is illustrated with examples from a selection of country case studies. These examples suggest that, in the education policy domain, the corporate sector operates not only as a policy influencer, but increasingly as a policy actor organically embedded within policy-making processes and spaces.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCritical Studies in Education
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • corporate actors
  • education policy-making
  • education privatization
  • educational reform
  • philanthropic foundations
  • Policy influence
  • private sector

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