Education in the Marketplace

An Intellectual History of Pro-Market Libertarian Visions for Education in Twentieth Century America

  • Kevin Currie-Knight

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism book series (PASTCL)

About this book


This book offers an intellectual history of the libertarian case for markets in education. Currie-Knight tracks the diverse and evolving arguments libertarians have made, with each chapter devoted to a different libertarian thinker, their reasoning and their impact. 

What are the issues libertarians have had with state-controlled public schooling? What have been the libertarian voices on the benefits of markets in education? How have these thinkers interacted with law and policy? All of these questions are considered in this important text for those interested in debates over market mechanisms in education and those who are keen to understand how those arguments have changed over time. 


Markets in Education Classical liberalism Pro-market approach School vouchers Educational vouchers Economics of education Public education Private education History of thought Education governance Herbert Spencer Matthew Arnold Albert Jay Nock Frank Chodorov Ayn Rand Murrary Rothbard Milton Friedman Myron Lieberman Public choice economics Rose Friedman

Authors and affiliations

  • Kevin Currie-Knight
    • 1
  1. 1.East Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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