publication . Article . 2008

School Vouchers and the New Politics of the Welfare State

MICHAEL BAGGESEN KLITGAARD;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2008
  • Country: Philippines
Abstract
School vouchers might seem a natural feature of the liberal welfare model of the U.S. and American society generally. However, for social democratic welfare states in Scandinavia, school vouchers would seem to be a contradiction. Nevertheless, school vouchers have faced severe resistance in the USA, and the program has so far not been adopted as a national educational reform, although sporadic and limited state-level developments can be observed. In Sweden, however, the social democratic welfare state adopted a national, universal public voucher scheme in the early 1990s. The goal of this article is to explain this counter-theoretical empirical puzzle. It is arg...
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free text keywords: Marketing, Sociology and Political Science, Public Administration, Liberalism, Welfare, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Economics, Contradiction, Politics, Welfare state, Social democracy, Voucher
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