The Dynamics and Social Outcomes of Education Systems

  • Jan Germen Janmaat
  • Marie Duru-Bellat
  • Andy Green
  • Philippe Méhaut

Part of the Education, Economy and Society book series (EDECSO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Jan Germen Janmaat, Marie Duru-Bellat, Andy Green, Philippe Méhaut
      Pages 1-11
  3. The Variation and Dynamics of Education Systems

  4. The Social Outcomes of Education Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Francois Dubet
      Pages 141-159
    3. Tarek Mostafa, Andy Green
      Pages 160-180
    4. Nathalie Mons, Marie Duru-Bellat, Yannick Savina
      Pages 181-201
    5. Audrey Dumas, Philippe Méhaut, Noémie Olympio, Isabelle Dimeglio
      Pages 223-244
    6. Marie Duru-Bellat, Antoine Vérétout, Francois Dubet
      Pages 245-266
  5. Conclusion

    1. Jan Germen Janmaat, Marie Duru-Bellat, Andy Green, Philippe Méhaut
      Pages 299-314
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 315-335

About this book


Some scholars argue that education systems across the western world are becoming increasingly similar due to the influence of transnational discourses and organizations. Others believe that education is the panacea for all problems of social cohesion. After all, aren't the well-educated usually more tolerant, civically engaged and trusting than the poorly educated? This book critically examines both claims. It finds that western countries still differ markedly on key aspects of their education systems and that these differences reflect distinct political traditions and different responses to a set of competing normative and political principles. The findings further suggest that raising the average education level is unlikely to be an effective strategy for promoting social cohesion. Instead, more promising are policies targeting the opposite ends of the lifelong learning continuum: universalizing pre-school education and care and promoting adult education with a pronounced second chance character.


Education Systems Upper Secondary Education Further Education Civic Engagement curriculum education Engagement learning lifelong learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Jan Germen Janmaat
    • 1
  • Marie Duru-Bellat
    • 2
  • Andy Green
    • 3
  • Philippe Méhaut
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonUK
  2. 2.Sciences Po ParisFrance
  3. 3.Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonUK
  4. 4.LESTFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2013
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Education Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-43902-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-02569-2
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