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From the Ballot to the Blackboard

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  • 39 b/w illus. 28 tables
  • Page extent: 268 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.52 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 379.1/1
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: LB2824 .A58 2010
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Education--Finance--Case studies
    • Education, Higher--Finance--Case studies
    • Education--Political aspects--Case studies
    • Education and state--Case studies

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Hardback

 (ISBN-13: 9780521190183)

From the Ballot to the Blackboard
Cambridge University Press
9780521190183 - From the Ballot to the Blackboard - The Redistributive Political Economy of Education - By Ben W. Ansell
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From the Ballot to the Blackboard

From the Ballot to the Blackboard provides the first comprehensive account of the political economy of education spending across the developed and developing world. The book demonstrates how political forces such as democracy and political partisanship and economic factors such as globalization deeply impact the choices made by voters, parties, and leaders in financing education. The argument is developed through three stories that track the historical development of education: first, its original expansion from the elite to the masses; second, the partisan politics of education in industrialized states; and third, the politics of higher education. The book uses a variety of complementary methods to demonstrate the importance of redistributive political motivations in explaining education policy, including formal modeling, statistical analysis of survey data and both subnational and cross-national data, and historical case analyses of countries, including the Philippines, India, Malaysia, England, Sweden, and Germany.

Ben W. Ansell is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. He has published articles on education policy in International Organization and World Politics. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he was awarded the Senator Charles Sumner Dissertation Award. He has served as a member of the United Kingdom's Leitch Review of Skills, worked on education policy for Her Majesty's Treasury, and held visiting fellowships at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and the Max Weber Programme at the European University Institute.


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From the Ballot to the Blackboard

The Redistributive Political Economy of Education

Ben W. Ansell

University of Minnesota


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Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication data

Ansell, Ben W., 1977–
From the ballot to the blackboard : the redistributive political economy
of education / Ben W. Ansell.
p. cm. – (Cambridge studies in comparative politics)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-0-521-19018-3 (hardback) 1.
Education – Finance – Case studies. 2. Education, Higher – Finance – Case
studies. 3. Education – Political aspects – Case studies. 4. Education and
state – Case studies. I. Title. II. Series.
LB2824.A58 2009
379.1′1–dc22 2009031385

ISBN 978-0-521-19018-3 Hardback

Cambridge University Press has no responsibility for the persistence or accuracy of URLs for external or third-party Internet Web sites referred to in this publication and does not guarantee that any content on such Web sites is, or will remain, accurate or appropriate.


To Jane


Contents

List of Tables
xi
List of Figures
xiii
Preface
xv
1             The Redistributive Political Economy of Education
1
1.1           Two Puzzles, Two Insights
1
1.2           The Argument of This Book
5
1.3           The Theoretical Debate over Education
11
1.4           Three Stories about Education
16
2             The Expansion of Education to the Masses: Theory and Data
20
2.1           Introduction: Two Paths to Education?
20
2.2           Variation in Education Spending
23
2.3           A Redistributive Theory of Education Expansion
25
2.4           A Simple Model of Education Expansion
31
2.5           The Empirical Analysis of Expansion
45
2.6           Extensions: Disaggregating Political Regimes and Education
61
2.7           Conclusion
71
3             The Expansion of Education: Historical Evidence
72
3.1           Introduction
72
3.2           The Philippines: Political Volatility, Economic Instability, and Education
75
3.3           India and Malaysia: Comparing Two Educational Puzzles
83
3.4           East Asia and Latin America: Rethinking the Development Story
98
3.5           Dual Shocks: Southern Europe Joins the European Union
111
3.6           Conclusions
118
4             The Partisan Politics of Education
119
4.1           Introduction
119
4.2           A Partisan Model of Education Spending
121
4.3           Voter Preferences over Education
129
4.4           Party Preferences over Education
136
4.5           Deriving Policy Outcomes
143
4.6           Electoral Institutions and Education Policy
150
4.7           Conclusion
163
5             High Politics in Higher Education
164
5.1           Introduction
164
5.2           Modeling the Trilemma in Higher Education
166
5.3           Empirical Analysis of the Trilemma
180
5.4           Historical Analysis of the Trilemma
196
5.5           Higher Education in the U.S. States
208
5.6           Conclusion
217
Appendix to Chapter 5: Modeling Preferences over Higher Education
218
6             Conclusion
223
Bibliography
231
Index
245




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