9781472518781

E. G. West Economic Liberalism and the Role of Government in Education

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    9781472518781

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    1472518780

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-12-18
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Summary

What role should government have in education? This question has exercised philosophers since Plato and economists since Adam Smith. It is also a question that is as relevant today, as people around the world worry about standards in public (government) schools and governments and international agencies look to fine-tune their educational policies.

This book describes and analyses the work of one economist, Professor E.G. West, whose life's work was focused precisely on this question. His classic 1965 book, Education and the State, and subsequent writings inspired a new way of looking at this question. Based on historical analysis of what happened in the UK and USA before governments got involved in education, and supplemented with philosophical exploration of the justifications for government involvement, West set out a position with only minimal state involvement.

James Tooley outlines West's ideas and their challenges, elaborating them in terms of public choice theory and recent empirical evidence of 'education without the state' in developing countries.

Author Biography

James Tooley is Professor of Education Policy at Newcastle University, UK, and founder and director of the E.G. West Centre, which explores the role of markets in education. He is the author of The Beautiful Tree, a bestseller in India and winner of the 2010 Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Prize, based on his ground-breaking research on private education for the poor in India, China and Africa. This research was awarded gold prize in the first International Finance Corporation/Financial Times Private Sector Development Competition, and was profiled in an American PBS documentary alongside the work of Nobel Laureate Mohammed Yunus.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Foreword
Acknowledgements


Introduction

Part I: Intellectual Biography

1. From Adam Smith to the Mont Perelin Society

Part II: Critical Exposition of E.G. West's Work
2. Economic Arguments for State Intervention in Educations
3. Historical Excursions
4. Why Did State Education Emerge?
5. A Framework for Policy

Part III: The Reception and Influence of West's Ideas
6. From Libel and Ridicule to Transatlantic Influence

Part IV: The Relevance of West's Ideas Today
7. An Enduring Legacy

Bibliography
Index

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