Quasi-Market: The Changing Context of Schooling

Adam E. Nir*

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Abstract

A major thrust of government reforms in the past decade has been to introduce a more competitive quasi-market environment for schools. This article discusses decentralization and parental choice as the two central elements of the current wave of reform. It is argued that the introduction of competition to schooling affects schools’ need to increase their attractiveness to parents and children and to present their educational commodities in a tempting and appealing manner that does not necessarily correspond with pedagogical considerations, so as to ensure the enrollment of children. This article discusses some possible consequences of quasimarket circumstances for educational leaders and policymakers operating in a quasi-market environment.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)26-39
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Reform
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2003

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