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From the Ballot to the Blackboard


  • 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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 (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

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.

Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

General Editor

Margaret Levi
University of Washington, Seattle

Assistant General Editors

Kathleen Thelen
Northwestern University
Erik Wibbels
Duke University

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Robert H. Bates
Harvard University
Stephen Hanson
University of Washington, Seattle
Torben Iversen
Harvard University
Stathis Kalyvas
Yale University
Peter Lange
Duke University
Helen Milner
Princeton University
Frances Rosenbluth
Yale University
Susan Stokes
Yale University

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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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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

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List of Tables
List of Figures
1             The Redistributive Political Economy of Education
1.1           Two Puzzles, Two Insights
1.2           The Argument of This Book
1.3           The Theoretical Debate over Education
1.4           Three Stories about Education
2             The Expansion of Education to the Masses: Theory and Data
2.1           Introduction: Two Paths to Education?
2.2           Variation in Education Spending
2.3           A Redistributive Theory of Education Expansion
2.4           A Simple Model of Education Expansion
2.5           The Empirical Analysis of Expansion
2.6           Extensions: Disaggregating Political Regimes and Education
2.7           Conclusion
3             The Expansion of Education: Historical Evidence
3.1           Introduction
3.2           The Philippines: Political Volatility, Economic Instability, and Education
3.3           India and Malaysia: Comparing Two Educational Puzzles
3.4           East Asia and Latin America: Rethinking the Development Story
3.5           Dual Shocks: Southern Europe Joins the European Union
3.6           Conclusions
4             The Partisan Politics of Education
4.1           Introduction
4.2           A Partisan Model of Education Spending
4.3           Voter Preferences over Education
4.4           Party Preferences over Education
4.5           Deriving Policy Outcomes
4.6           Electoral Institutions and Education Policy
4.7           Conclusion
5             High Politics in Higher Education
5.1           Introduction
5.2           Modeling the Trilemma in Higher Education
5.3           Empirical Analysis of the Trilemma
5.4           Historical Analysis of the Trilemma
5.5           Higher Education in the U.S. States
5.6           Conclusion
Appendix to Chapter 5: Modeling Preferences over Higher Education
6             Conclusion

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