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The Comparative Politics of Education
Teachers Unions and Education Systems around the World

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Terry Moe, Susanne Wiborg, Michael Dobbins, Rita Nikolai, Kendra Briken, Dennis Niemann, Robert Aspinall, Christopher Chambers-Ju, Leslie Finger, Tara Beteille, Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Mohd Muzammil
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  • Date Published: November 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316619766

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About the Authors
  • Public education is critically important to the human capital, social well-being, and economic prosperity of nations. It is also an intensely political realm of public policy that is heavily shaped by power and special interests. Yet political scientists rarely study education, and education researchers rarely study politics. This volume attempts to change that by promoting the development of a coherent, thriving field on the comparative politics of education. As an opening wedge, the authors carry out an 11-nation comparative study of the political role of teachers unions, showing that as education systems everywhere became institutionalized, teachers unions pursued their interests by becoming well-organized, politically active, highly influential - and during the modern era, the main opponents of neoliberal reform. Across diverse nations, the commonalities are striking. The challenge going forward is to expand on this study's scope, theory, and evidence to bring education into the heart of comparative politics.

    • Highlights needs and possibilities for a comparative politics of education that will stimulate interest among comparativists in studying the politics of education
    • Provides enlightening new evidence on the role of teachers unions in politics and education systems across various nations
    • Demonstrates commonalities in the politics of education across nations and in the role of teachers unions that were previously unknown
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This edited volume is a truly exceptional piece of scholarship, bringing together leading scholars in the comparative study of education. The individual chapters provide an in-depth analytical perspective on education reforms in different countries both in the [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development] and beyond. Terry M. Moe and Susanne Wiborg have masterfully managed to integrate the individual chapters into an overarching theoretical framework. In doing so, their contribution will have a lasting and significant impact on the agenda of the growing research field of the comparative study of the politics of education.' Marius R. Busemeyer, University of Konstanz, Germany

    'The Comparative Politics of Education will do a great deal more than just command the attention of scholars of education, political science, and public policy. It will put them into productive conversation. In illuminating reports from the field and the brilliant synthesis of Moe and Wiborg, we witness vested interests working in diverse settings to shape politics and political institutions to their own advantage. With sweeping and probing insight, this volume promises to shake up disciplinary boundaries and carve out new space for the comparative study of education.' William Howell, Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics, University of Chicago

    'Terry M. Moe and Susanne Wiborg are correct: educators seldom study politics and political scientists rarely study education. This book is brings light to the connection between the two and is essential reading for anyone interested in education reform.' Merilee Grindle, Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development, Emerita, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

    'The Comparative Politics of Education provides a terrifically useful framework for understanding the role of teachers Unions across a wide range of countries, explaining why education reform has worked better in some countries than others. It is a superb and unique source for anyone interested in this critical subject.' Francis Fukuyama, Mosbacher Director, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University

    'Their detailed case studies of teacher union influence in Europe, the United States, as well as Japan, Mexico, and India offers an encompassing and thorough analysis that contributes considerably to our understanding of the politics of education. A must-read for anyone interested in education.' Julian Garritzmann, EuropeNow

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316619766
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 133 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Teachers unions in the United States: the politics of blocking Terry Moe
    3. Teachers unions in England: the end is nigh? Susanne Wiborg
    4. Teachers unions in France: making fundamental reform an impossible quest? Michael Dobbins
    5. Teachers unions in Germany: fragmented competitors Rita Nikolai, Kendra Briken and Dennis Niemann
    6. Teachers unions in the Nordic countries: solidarity and the politics of self interest Susanne Wiborg
    7. Teachers unions in Japan: the frustration of permanent opposition Robert Aspinall
    8. Teachers unions in Mexico: the politics of patronage Christopher Chambers-Ju and Leslie Finger
    9. Teachers unions in India: diverse, powerful, and coercive Tara Beteille, Geeta Gandhi Kingdon and Mohd Muzammil
    10. The comparative politics of education: teachers unions and education systems across the world Terry Moe.

  • Editors

    Terry M. Moe, Stanford University, California
    Terry M. Moe is the William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, California and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has written extensively on the presidency, public bureaucracy, and the American political system, as well as the theory of political institutions more generally. He has also written extensively on the politics of education and the role of power and special interests in shaping education systems. His books include Relic (2016, with William Howell), Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America's Public Schools (2011), and Politics, Markets, and America's Schools (1990, with John Chubb).

    Susanne Wiborg, University College London
    Susanne Wiborg is Reader in Education at University College London Institute of Education, member of the Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES), and leader of the MA programme in Comparative Education at University College London. She has published widely on comparative history of education, focusing particularly on the policy and politics in secondary education in Scandinavia and Europe. She is the author of Education and Social Integration: Comprehensive Schooling in Europe (2009).


    Terry Moe, Susanne Wiborg, Michael Dobbins, Rita Nikolai, Kendra Briken, Dennis Niemann, Robert Aspinall, Christopher Chambers-Ju, Leslie Finger, Tara Beteille, Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Mohd Muzammil

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