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School Choice in London and Paris - A Comparison of Middle-class Strategies

Benson, Michaela; Bridge, Gary and Wilson, Deborah. 2014. School Choice in London and Paris - A Comparison of Middle-class Strategies. Social Policy & Administration, ISSN 01445596 [Article]

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Education is one major public service in which quasi-markets and other choice-based mechanisms are now established methods of delivery. The types of school people choose, and the extent to which their choices are realized, have a fundamental impact on the outcomes of any mechanism of school choice. In this article, we provide a comparative analysis of the school choice strategies of middle-class families in London and Paris. We draw on approximately 200 in-depth interviews carried out across the two cities. This enables us to investigate the extent to which middle-class school choice strategies transcend the institutional context provided by both the local (state and private) schools market and national education policy in England and France. We discuss these findings in the context of current school choice policy and consider their implications for future policy design.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12079

Additional Information:

Funding from the ESRC via CMPO (grant number RES-343-28-0001) is gratefully acknowledged. Thanks to Marie Hélène Bacqué (Univ. Paris X) for access to the Paris data. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the Agence Nationale de Recherche and ESRC (grant number RES-062-33-0002) for their support of the project ‘The middle classes in the city: social mix or just “people like us”? A comparison of Paris and London’, from which the data presented in this article was extracted. Thanks to participants at the 2012 Policy and Politics Conference, Bristol, the 2013 RC21 Conference, Berlin, three anonymous referees and the editor for their comments. The views expressed are those of the authors.

Keywords:

School choice; London; Paris; Middle-class

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Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
26 May 2014Published

Item ID:

10701

Date Deposited:

29 Sep 2014 16:00

Last Modified:

10 Jul 2018 04:38

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/10701

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