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    Neoliberalism, Neoconservatism, Authoritarianism. The Politics of Public Education in Poland

    Cervinkova, Hana and Rudnicki, Pawel (2019) Neoliberalism, Neoconservatism, Authoritarianism. The Politics of Public Education in Poland. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 17 (2). ISSN 1740-2743

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    We focus on describing some of the effects of austerity capitalism in the public educational sector in Poland, a country that was a part of the Soviet bloc from WWII and experienced dramatic transformation after 1989. This transformation from “communism” to “democracy” involved all spheres of the life of society and individuals and meant a dramatic re-orientation of the social, political and economic imaginary. We see the current post-transformation moment in Poland as characterized by the dominance of three fundamental tendencies: predatory neoliberalism, creeping authoritarianism and nationalist neoconservatism. For the purposes of this text, we will begin with a short discussion of neoliberalism as it took over post-communist Central Europe during the last decade of the 20th century and onwards. We will focus especially on privatization as a key dimension of neoliberal transformation intertwined as it was with strong neoconservative tendencies, centering in our discussion on the effects of these trends on Polish public education.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Poland, public education; neoconservatism; neoliberalism; authoritarianism; nationalism;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
    Item ID: 13482
    Depositing User: Hana Cervinkova
    Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2020 16:47
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies
    Publisher: Institute for Education Policy Studies
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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