Alianzas público-privadas en educación Un análisis de la política de subvenciones a escuelas privadas en barrios desfavorecidos de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires

    Student thesis: Doctoral thesis

    Abstract

    The premise that the private sector has more capacity to offer quality education at a lower cost has recently received a new impetus from the diffusion of different forms of public-private partnerships (PPP). The evaluation of these experiences is, however, still scarce and has focused especially on the study of voucher programs and charter schools, without yielding conclusive results. In particular, one of the least explored PPP modalities is the granting of supply-side subsidies for private schools. Although some states have historically used type of educational provision, more recently its dissemination has been increasing in developing countries –with the fundamental objective of expanding access to schooling for low-income students, as well as in developed countries –especially to increase choice. Considering the case of the City of Buenos Aires (CABA), this research aims at examining the the policy of supply-side subsidies for private schools operating in disadvantaged areas of the city. In this sense, three levels of interrelated analysis are addressed: (1) systemic –relative to the policy adoption process and the content of the subsidy policy; (2) institutional –related to the 'logics of action' developed by state-subsidized privately-run low-fee schools (S-LFPSs) that operate in these contexts as responses to the 'rules of the game' set by the policy; and (3) individual –relative to the families' school choice rationalities in relation to the S-LFPS sector. Building on case-study methods, I have relied on the triangulation of four methods of data collection: a scoping literature review; in-depth interviews with government officials, S-LFPS professionals, and families (N=119); observation; document and statistical analysis of qualitative and quantitative secondary sources. These methods were applied to inform the systemic, institutional and individual levels of analysis in order to examine the ways in which the different intervening agents translate the policy framework into concrete practices, and to investigate the extent and conditions under which these adjust or deviate from the assumptions, mechanisms and objectives behind the policy.
    Date of Award19 Oct 2018
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    SupervisorJordi Pàmies Rovira (Director) & Antoni Verger Planells (Director)

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