Education is a thoroughly political enterprise. The process of determining the purpose of education has always been highly controversial. It has resulted in disputes that have not only divided people philosophically, but also on the basis of religion, region, class, race, and ethnicity. As a result, education provides us with a spectacular arena in which to explore the tensions inherent in European and North American societies, as well as an understanding of how current politics shape education policy.

This book focuses on the politics of education, relating to the formation of national identities as affected by globalization and multiculturalism. It assesses the ways in which governance institutions, political ideologies and competing interests, both within and outside of the education community, influence the content, form, and functioning of education. As a collection of studies of the political aspects of education and educational policy-making, this book reaffirms that educational phenomena reflect and inevitably serve specific political agendas. Political scientists, sociologists and education scholars will find this to be an important and valuable text.

chapter 1|4 pages


ByChristos Kassimeris, Marios Vryonides

chapter 2|12 pages

Politics and Education

ByChristos Kassimeris, Marios Vryonides

chapter 3|14 pages

The Politics of Education

Challenging Racial Discrimination and Disadvantage in Education in the British Context
ByGill Crozier

chapter 4|21 pages

Combating Ethnic Educational Disadvantage in the Netherlands

An Analysis of Policies and Effects
ByGeert Driessen

chapter 5|22 pages

The Expanded Federal Role in US Public Schools

The Structural Forces of Globalization, Immigration and Demographic Change
ByA. Gary Dworkin, Pamela F. Tobe

chapter 6|22 pages

Building the Nation at School

Spain's Tables Turned
ByMariano Fernández Enguita

chapter 7|18 pages

The Politics of Education in Post-War Germany

From Europeanized Nationhood to Multicultural Citizenship?
ByDaniel Faas

chapter 8|22 pages

Multiculturalism, Education Practices and Colonial Legacies

The Canadian Case
ByNeil Guppy, Katherine Lyon

chapter 9|15 pages

Educational Politics and Cultural Diversity in Greece

ByGitsa Kontogiannopoulou-Polydorides

chapter 10|18 pages

An Ecological Approach to Understanding the Development of Racism in Schools

A Case-Study of a Belgian Secondary School
ByPeter Stevens

chapter 11|13 pages


ByChristos Kassimeris, Marios Vryonides