Call for Papers for a Special Issue (vol. 1 & 2)
Marketization, Privatization, and Shadow Education in Southeast/Central Europe and Eurasia
European Education is an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to original inquiries and dialogue on education among the member states of the Council of Europe. The journal features articles on education in individual member states as well as the impact of European education initiatives globally. The journal particularly encourages theoretical and empirical studies, interdisciplinary perspectives, and critical examination of the impact of political, economic, and social forces on education. The journal is published quarterly with at least one thematic issue per volume. In March and June, 2014 European Education will publish a special issue in two volumes dedicated to the marketization, privatization, and shadow education in Southeast/Central Europe and Eurasia.
This special issue will be published in collaboration with the Privatization in Education Research Initiative (PERI), which is a global initiative supported by the Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations. PERI seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the mechanisms and outcomes of the marketization, privatization, and private sector participation in education.
Europe has seen the mushrooming of hybrid forms of public and private financing and delivery. For instance, Ball (2009) introduces important conceptual clarifications around various forms and types of education privatization processes. Daun (2011) highlightd the changes European education systems have undergone given the European integration processes and the dominance of the neo-liberal policy agenda, as well as discusses the important shift it led to from internally driven to externally driven policy change. Arreman and Holm (2011) examine the market of upper secondary education provision in Sweden, while Olmedo (2012) assesses the effects of these changes in the Spanish education system, providing an analysis of the existing framework that creates the opportunity for market mechanisms to be established in the Spanish public education. West and Ylönen (2013) discuss the different models and trajectories of market-oriented reforms in the cases of England and Finland. Despite the increasing attention given to this topic in Europe and beyond, there is still limited understanding of how education marketization and privatization processes unfold in the diverse European country contexts of Southeast/Central Europe and Eurasia.
We welcome submissions that explore the changing nature of public/private education provision, including various forms of marketization, privatization, and shadow education, in Southeast/Central Europe and Eurasia and address one or more of the following key questions:
1. What are the main issues concerning the implementation of reforms promoting marketization, privatization, and shadow education in Southeast/Central Europe and Eurasia? What is the connection or lack thereof between marketization, privatization and shadow education discourses in the wider Southeast/Central Europe and Eurasia?
2. What are some of the policy changes and specific mechanisms implemented relating to the enrooting of market-based private education in the countries and sub-regions in Southeast/Central Europe and Eurasia and how have these changes originated and resonated in the national contexts?
3. Why have countries with similar historical and transitional paths experienced different scope, intensity, and nature of privatization in education? What factors determine these variations?
4. Given current trends in privatization the countries and sub-regions in Southeast/Central Europe and Eurasia, what are the major concerns related to equity/educational justice and education quality that are either already manifesting themselves or are likely to manifest themselves in the future?
5. Single country cases and comparative studies are equally welcome.
Manuscripts submitted to European Education are judged using the following criteria:
• relevance of the submission to the field of European education or comparative and international education and the topic of the special issue;
• appropriateness of theoretical/conceptual literature and methodological grounding;
• contribution to theory/research and the advancement of policy and practice; and reader accessibility;
Manuscripts submitted for consideration in European Education should not simultaneously be offered to any other publication. Manuscripts that the coeditors consider relevant and sufficiently developed are refereed using a double-blind review process, which can take up to three months. The process allows for a rigorous review within a relatively short timeframe. This provides authors with the greatest latitude in publishing because they have the possibility of publishing in European Education within twelve months from the time of the initial submission. Alternatively, authors have the opportunity to re-submit elsewhere those manuscripts that are not the best fit for this journal without having their papers stuck in a lengthy editorial cycle. Manuscripts not selected for publication in these two volumes are also eligible for publication as working papers on the PERI web site based on the recommendation of the editors.
Please observe the guidelines and conventions in preparing a manuscript for submission. The editors reserve the right not to review any submission that does not follow these guidelines and conventions. Articles should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask you not to send submissions by mail unless absolutely necessary and with prior permission from the editors. If you have questions about the submission process and manuscript requirements, please contact the editors at the same e-mail address.
General Submission Instructions
• All manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format.
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• Article submissions should be between 7,000 and 8,000 words.
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