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Progressive and sustained school reforms: Framing and coalition building in Swiss cities


Koch, Philippe (2013). Progressive and sustained school reforms: Framing and coalition building in Swiss cities. Journal of Urban Affairs, 35(1):43-57.

Abstract

Urban politics in the early 21st century is structured by conflicts over social cohesion and economic competitiveness. Education policy takes center stage in this struggle as schools are institutions of both social and economic reproduction. I draw on arguments of urban regime and policy frame analysis to examine the politics of urban school reform in two Swiss cities. Empirically, I analyze neighborhood-embedded bottom-up school reforms committed to social cohesion. The paths these reforms eventually take were shaped by different coalitions geared around specific school policy frames. Frames indeed play a crucial role in building a coalition toward progressive school reforms. In addition, their sustainability in a political environment, increasingly shifting toward development policies, hinges on the dominant frame underlying the reforms as well as the properties of the network advancing them.

Abstract

Urban politics in the early 21st century is structured by conflicts over social cohesion and economic competitiveness. Education policy takes center stage in this struggle as schools are institutions of both social and economic reproduction. I draw on arguments of urban regime and policy frame analysis to examine the politics of urban school reform in two Swiss cities. Empirically, I analyze neighborhood-embedded bottom-up school reforms committed to social cohesion. The paths these reforms eventually take were shaped by different coalitions geared around specific school policy frames. Frames indeed play a crucial role in building a coalition toward progressive school reforms. In addition, their sustainability in a political environment, increasingly shifting toward development policies, hinges on the dominant frame underlying the reforms as well as the properties of the network advancing them.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:12 Apr 2013 06:42
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 20:57
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1467-9906
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/juaf.12000
Related URLs:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/juaf.12000/abstract

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