Advertisement

Local School Choice Policies in Sweden

  • Anders Lidström

Abstract

The notion of school choice has entered the Swedish school policy agenda comparatively late. The comprehensive schools, uniformly modelled according to national requirements, were streamlined in order to provide equal education for everyone, but also to facilitate changes of schools as a result of population mobility. However, other reasons for choosing a different school than the one nearby were not recognized. Pupils were expected to attend at the school closest to their homes, and alternative, private schools have always been rare in Sweden. Hence, only in exceptional cases were changes of school a result of parental priorities, rather than family mobility. The opportunities to choose between programmes within schools were greater, but in the main, these occurred at secondary level (Arnman and Jönsson, 1993).

Keywords

Local Authority Middle Class Choice Policy Service Class Urban Location 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Ahrne, G., Ekerwald, H. and Leiulfsrud, H. 1995. Klassamhällets förändring, 4th edn. Lund: Arkiv förlag.Google Scholar
  2. Arnman, G. and Jönsson, I. 1993. Konkurrens för stimulans. Stockholm: Skolverket.Google Scholar
  3. Beare, H. 1993. ‘Different Ways of Viewing School-site Councils: Whose Paradigm Is in Use Here?’, in Beare, H. and Boyd, W.L. (eds), Restructuring Schools: An International Perspective on the Movements to Transform the Control and Performance of Schools. London: The Falmer Press.Google Scholar
  4. Bell, D. 1973. The Coming of the Post-Industrial Society: A Venture in Social Forecasting. New York: Basic Books.Google Scholar
  5. Boréus, K. 1994. Högervåg: Nyliberalism och kampen om språket i svensk offentlig debatt1969–1989. Stockholm: Tidens förlag.Google Scholar
  6. Boyd, W.L. 1992. ‘Parental Choice of Schools: An International Movement’, in Miron, G. (ed.), Towards Free Choice and Market-Oriented Schools: Problems and Promises. Stockholm: Institute of International Education/Skolverket.Google Scholar
  7. Boyd, W.L. 1996. ‘The Politics of Choice and Market-oriented School Reform in Britain and the United States: Explaining the Differences’, in Chapman, J.D., Boyd, W. L., Lander R. and Reynolds, D. (eds), The Reconstruction of Education. Quality, Equality and Control. London/New York: Cassell.Google Scholar
  8. Boyd, W.L. and Kerchner, C.T. (eds) 1988. The Politics of Excellence and Choice in Education. New York: The Falmer Press.Google Scholar
  9. Brown, P. 1994. ‘Education and the Ideology of Parentocracy’, in Halstead, J. M. (ed.), Parental Choice and Education: Principles, Policy and Practice. London: Kogan Page.Google Scholar
  10. Butler, T. and Savage, M. (eds) 1995. Social Change and the Middle Classes. London: UCL Press.Google Scholar
  11. Cohn, E. (ed.) 1997. Market Approaches to Education: Vouchers and School Choice. Oxford: Pergamon Press.Google Scholar
  12. Crompton, R. 1993. Class and Stratification: An Introduction to Current Debates. Cambridge: Polity Press.Google Scholar
  13. Daun, H. 1993. Omstrukturering av skolsystemen: Decentralisering, valfrihet och privatisering. En internationell översikt. Stockholm: Skolverket.Google Scholar
  14. Downs, A. 1957. An Economic Theory of Democracy. New York: Harper and Row.Google Scholar
  15. Esping-Andersen, G. 1994. ‘Jämlikhet, effektivitet och makt’, in Thyllberg, P. and Östberg, K. (eds), Den svenska modellen. Lund: Studentlitteratur.Google Scholar
  16. Gewirtz, S., Ball, S.J. and Bowe, R. 1995. Markets, Choice and Equity in Education. Buckingham and Philadelphia: Open University Press.Google Scholar
  17. Giddens, A. 1981. The Class Structure of the Advanced Societies, 2nd edn. London: Hutchinson.Google Scholar
  18. Gilljam, M. and Holmberg, S. 1995. Väljarnas val. Stockholm: Fritzes.Google Scholar
  19. Girvin, B. (ed.) 1988. The Transformation of Contemporary Conservatism. London: Sage.Google Scholar
  20. Goldthorpe, J. 1982. ‘On the Service Class, Its Formation and Future,’ in Giddens, A. and MacKenzie, G. (eds), Classes and the Division of Labor: Essays in Honour of Ilya Neustadt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  21. Hayek, F.A. 1944. The Road to Serfdom. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.Google Scholar
  22. Hylén, J. 1991. Fosterlandet främst?: Konservatism och liberalism inom högerpartiet1904–1985. Stockholm: Norstedts Juridikförlag.Google Scholar
  23. Inglehart, R. 1977. The Silent Revolution. Princeton: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar
  24. Inglehart, R. 1990. Culture Shift in Advanced Industrial Society. Princeton: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar
  25. Lane, J.E. and Ersson, S.O. 1987. Politics and Society in Western Europe. London: Sage Publications.Google Scholar
  26. Levitas, R. (ed.) 1986. The Ideology of the New Right. Cambridge: Polity Press.Google Scholar
  27. Lidström, A. 1991. Discretion: An Art of the Possible. Department of Political Science, Umeå University.Google Scholar
  28. Lidström, A. and Hudson, C. 1995. Skola i förändring: Decentralisering och lokal variation. Stockholm. Nerenius & Santérus förlag.Google Scholar
  29. Ljunggren, S.B. 1992. Folkhemskapitalismen: Högerns programutveckling under efterkrigstiden. Stockholm: Tidens förlag.Google Scholar
  30. Lundahl, L. 1989. I moralens, produktionens och det sunda förnuftets namn: Det svenska högerpartiets skolpolitik1904–1962. Pedagogiska institutionen, Lunds universitet.Google Scholar
  31. Nozick, R. 1974. Anarchy, State and Utopia. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.Google Scholar
  32. OECD 1992. Historical Statistics 1960–1990. Paris.Google Scholar
  33. OECD 1994. School: A Matter of Choice. Paris.Google Scholar
  34. Oskarson, M. 1994. Klassröstning i Sverige: Rationalitet, Lojalitet eller bara slentrian. Stockholm: Nerenius & Santérus förlag.Google Scholar
  35. Petersson, O., Westholm, A. and Blomberg, G. 1989. Medborgarnas makt. Stockholm: Carlssons.Google Scholar
  36. Pettersson, T. and Geyer, K. 1992. Värderingsförändringar i Sverige: Den svenska modellen, individualismen och rättvisan. Stockholm: Utbildningsförlaget Brevskolan.Google Scholar
  37. Schüllerqvist, U. 1995. ‘Förskjutningen av svensk skolpolitisk debatt under det senaste decenniet’, in Englund, T. (ed.), Utbildningspolitiskt systemskifte. Stockholm: HLS förlag.Google Scholar
  38. Skolverket 1993a. Tidigare skolstart: Om kommuners möte med en reform. Skolverkets rapport no. 39.Google Scholar
  39. Skolverket 1993b. Val av skola: Rapport om valfrihet inom skolpliktens ram läsa[o]ret 1992/93. Skolverkets rapport no. 40.Google Scholar
  40. Skolverket 1996. Att välja skola — effekter av valmöjligheter i grundskolan. Skolverkets rapport no. 109.Google Scholar
  41. Skolverket 1998. Skolan. Jämförelsetal för skolhuvudmän. Organisation — Resurser — Resultat. Delrapport, mars 1998. Skolverket rapport nr 146.Google Scholar
  42. Statistiska Centralbyrån. 1992. Folk- och bostadsräkningen 1990. Del 5: Förvärvsarbetande och yrke. Google Scholar
  43. Statistiska Centralbyrån 1994. Trender och prognoser ‘94. Befolkningen, utbildningen, arbetsmarknaden. Google Scholar
  44. Svenska Kommunförbundet 1998. Aktuellt om skolan. Augusti 1998. Google Scholar
  45. Svensson, T. 1994. Socialdemokratins dominans. En studie av den svenska socialdemokratins partistrategi. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell förlag.Google Scholar
  46. Walford, G. 1996. School Choice and the Quasi-market. Oxford Studies in Comparative Education 6. Wallingford: Triangle Books.Google Scholar
  47. Wright, E. O. 1985. Classes. London: New Left Books.Google Scholar
  48. Ålund, A. and Schierup, C. U. 1991. Paradoxes of Multiculturalism. Essays on Swedish Society. Aldershot: Avebury.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anders Lidström

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations