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Government-Microsoft partnerships: supranational formulation in private and public policy

Marques Cardoso, Clementina (2008) Government-Microsoft partnerships: supranational formulation in private and public policy. Globalisation, Societies and Education 6 (3), pp. 241-264. ISSN 1476-7724.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14767720802343324

Abstract

This article argues that the framework for the governance of technological knowledge and skills that is formulated for national consumption emerges from a supranational terrain of politics outside the jurisdiction of national and European parliamentary activity and scrutiny. Traditionally understood as a space where ideas circulate and initiatives are discussed rather than the place where policy is prepared, the supranational is often perceived as a sphere of influence or of control rather than one of the dimensions of the governing process. This dimension is becoming disconnected from national politics with the tendency for governments to now increasingly formulate programmes in partnership with preferred commercial and not-for profit global or national entities or local groups. This process of 'selective de-institutionalisation' neutralises the political process and the discussion and understanding of the consequences for current and future governance of the nature of and access to knowledge for education and work. This paper examines mechanisms pushing forward this trend and discusses the nature of this process. Keywords: globalisation; governance; for-profit firms in education; neo-liberalism; Portugal; Microsoft

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): globalisation, governance, for-profit firms in education, neo-liberalism, Portugal, Microsoft
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Social Policy and Education (Old)
Depositing User: Dr Clementina Marques Cardoso
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2011 10:30
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:21
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4259

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