The Dynamics and Social Outcomes of Education Systems (Education, Economy and Society)

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Some scholars argue that education systems across the western world are becoming increasingly similar due to the influence of transnational discourses and organizations. Others believe that education is the panacea for all problems of social cohesion. After all, aren't the well-educated usually more tolerant, civically engaged and trusting than the poorly educated? This book critically examines both claims. It finds that western countries still differ markedly on key aspects of their education systems and that these differences reflect distinct political traditions and different responses to a set of competing normative and political principles. The findings further suggest that raising the average education level is unlikely to be an effective strategy for promoting social cohesion. Instead, more promising are policies targeting the opposite ends of the lifelong learning continuum: universalizing pre-school education and care and promoting adult education with a pronounced second chance character.

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Jan Germen Janmaat is Senior Lecturer of Comparative Social Science at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK. His latest book is Regimes of Social Cohesion: Societies and the Crisis of Globalization (co-author).

Marie Duru-Bellat is Professor of Sociology at Sciences Po-Paris, France. She has written numerous books and articles on gender and social inequalities in education and their ideological justification (meritocracy), and on the links between education and jobs; she has also led many comparative studies on educational systems and reforms.

Andy Green is Professor of Comparative Social Science at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK and Director of the ERSC Research Centre on Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES). His main field of research is the comparative study of education and training systems, their origins and socio-economic consequences.

Philippe Méhaut is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Labour Economics and Industrial Sociology (Lest), Aix Marseille University and CNRS, Aix en Provence, France. He has widely published on comparative analyses of labour markets and educational policies.

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