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Private actors in policy processes. entrepreneurs, edupreneurs and policyneurs
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of School Development and Leadership (SOL). (Utbildning AB)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9720-0233
2024 (English)In: Journal of education policy, ISSN 0268-0939, E-ISSN 1464-5106, Vol. 39, no 1, p. 20-39Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As the privatisation of the public sector has grown rapidly in Sweden in the last decade, private companies have become an imperative part of education. Private companies sell and deliver consultancy, hardware, software, services, etc. to schools and municipalities. This study examines a growing rate of activities from companies and businesses working within public sectors. It also examines consequences of cooperation between private and public actors. Findings show that multiple actors meet in different forms and with different functions, in multiple ways and with diverse agendas. What can be discerned is strong Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), where actors and networks are linked together, directly or indirectly, in fluid and flexible relations and partnerships. Private actors on educational markets not only becomes edupreneurs but policyneurs, a new concept introduced. As private actors engage in the policy making and the public sphere, a complex and disorganised landscape with new formations of strong actors emerge, entailing a number of consequences. One implication is the establishment of lobbyism in the Swedish educational landscape, with potentially negative consequences for democracy. One conclusion is that new formations of power dissolve the roles and functions of private and public actors within education, with implications on decision-making, transparency, and democracy. 

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Taylor & Francis, 2024. Vol. 39, no 1, p. 20-39
Keywords [en]
Policy; policy processes; private-public partnership; privatised education
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-57639DOI: 10.1080/02680939.2023.2166128ISI: 000910173200001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85146218670OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-57639DiVA, id: diva2:1729111
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Education Inc. Exploring conditions, forms and consequences of edu-preneurial engagement in Swedish schools, Swedish Research Council
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Swedish Research Council, 2017-01657Available from: 2023-01-19 Created: 2023-01-19 Last updated: 2024-02-08Bibliographically approved

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