Title

Education and inequality: Implications of the World Bank's education strategy 2020

Publication Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

12-2012

Abstract

This chapter analyzes the World Bank's Education Strategy 2020 (WBES) to assess its likely impact on inequality. The chapter begins with a review of assessments of the Bank's past education policies. It then compares four different theoretical perspectives on education policy: social class equalization, public goods, human capital, and neoliberalism. Applying quantitative and qualitative content analysis to the WBES, we identify the World Bank's approach as promoting a neo-liberal capitalist development ideology emphasizing private sector schooling and nonformal education along with standardized testing. Our analysis predicts that this strategy will not lead to major increases in educational equality in the developing world, and may even increase inequality.

Discipline

Education | Political Science

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Education Strategy in the Developing World: Revising the World Bank's Education Policy

Editor

Collins, Christopher S.; et al.

First Page

173

Last Page

202

ISBN

9781780522760

Identifier

10.1108/S1479-3679(2012)0000016013

Publisher

Emerald

City or Country

Bradford

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S1479-3679(2012)0000016013

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