Chapter 1: Introduction
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Public–private partnerships in education, a relatively new phenomenon, has acquired increasing momentum in recent years. A shift from government to governance allows increased influence and profit for business; standardization of education allows economies of scale and increased profits for the private sector; governments have participated in the notion that PPPs are a global solution to local problems. Under the influence of managerial reforms conceived and promoted by a handful of influential development institutions, the notion of an optimum practice that can be standardized and replicated all over the world has gained traction both as a policy tool and as a model for profit. The result is a blurring of the boundaries between the aims, duties and actions of the public and private sectors. The research and actions presented by the chapters in this book illustrate a wide range of examples of how this is happening and lays out some of the consequences.