The politics of connectivity: the role of big business in UK education technology policy

Neil Selwyn, John Fitz

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Since 1997, the United Kingdom (UK) government has embarked upon a series of education policy initiatives based around the increased role of private interests in both policy formulation and implementation. This article takes a detailed look at private sector involvement in education policymaking and implementation using the current "National Grid for Learning" (NGfL) technology policy drive as a contemporary form. Based on a series of in-depth interviews with key public and private actors in the NGfL the article covers the role of business in the origins, policy formation, and eventual implementation of the initiative. It concludes by discussing the function big business can be said to be playing in UK education policy and the bearing this may have on the long-term sustainability and effectiveness of such policies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-570
Number of pages20
JournalPolicy Studies Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes

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