Global Education Policy: thinking outside the nation state

Public lecture by Professor Stephen J. Ball,  Institute of Education, University College London.

Increasingly, on a global scale, education policy is being done in new ways, in new spaces by new actors, and many of these new spaces are private, in all senses of that word, rather than public and democratic. The nation state is no longer a viable category for policy analysis in either sense. This lecture will make the argument that education policy researchers and practitioners must re-focus their attention on what happens beyond and between nation states if they are to make sense of national policies.

Suggested readings  Ball, S. J., Junemann, C., & Santori, D. (2017). Edu.Net: Globalisation and Education Policy Mobility. London: Routledge; Peck, J., & Theodore, N. (2015). Fast Policy. Experimental Statecraft at the Thresholds of Neoliberalism. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.


Stephen Ball is Affiliated Professor at Section of Education, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen.

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