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Education Policy and Welfare Regimes in OECD Countries

Social Stratification and Equal Opportunity in Education

by Miroslav Beblavy / Anna-Elisabeth Thum / Marcela Veselkova
06 December 2011

Education Policy and Welfare Regimes in OECD Countries

Social Stratification and Equal Opportunity in Education

Miroslav Beblavy / Anna-Elisabeth Thum / Marcela Veselkova

This Working Document looks at which OECD countries deliberately attempt to reproduce social stratification through educational policies, and which countries put greater emphasis on intervening in the stratification process.

The research findings challenge a one-policy-fits-all approach that advocates education policy reforms designed to increase equal opportunities in education. The authors argue that the context of each country needs to be considered before the implementation of such policies.

The authors of the study are: Miroslav Beblavý, Comenius University, Slovakia and CEPS; Anna-Elisabeth Thum, CEPS; Marcela Veselkova, Slovak Governance Institute, Bratislava. This paper was prepared within the FP7-funded project NEUJOBS www.neujobs.eu


About the Authors


  • Author
    Miroslav Beblavy
    Miroslav Beblavy
    Former member State Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family in Slovakia
  • Author
    Anna-Elisabeth Thum
    Anna-Elisabeth Thum
  • Author
    Marcela Veselkova
    Marcela Veselkova
Education Policy and Welfare Regimes in OECD Countries Social Stratification and Equal Opportunity in Education