Antoni Verger

Antoni Verger

Antoni Verger is associate professor at the Department of
Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and a researcher of the 'Globalisation, Education and Social Policies' research centre. His main areas of expertise are global governance and education reform (antoni.verger@uab.cat).

While the privatization of education is not a new phenomenon, the increasingly prominent role of profit-oriented private organizations in education across the globe is more recent. Now, more than ever before, a broader range of educational services are produced, exchanged and consumed on a for-profit basis and through supra-national interactions. This phenomenon is evident with services that go beyond traditional private schools and universities and include, to name a few, alternative forms of educational provision (including e-learning), test preparation services, ...

Free trade agreements, such as the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) or, more recently, the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), pose important challenges for the construction and consolidation of public education systems, particularly in developing countries. Once signed, such agreements require governments to guarantee transnational service providers access to their national markets for an unspecified period, and limit governments’ regulatory capacity in a broad range of services sectors. In the particular case of education, these challenges are multiplied, particularly ...

On March 11th 2014, Michelle Bachelet assumed the presidency of Chile for a second term in her political life.  An educational focus framed much of the electoral debate that was central to her campaign for re-election, as it figures prominently in her “three in-depth reforms,” alongside taxation and constitutional reforms.  The 2006 and 2011 Chilean student protests played a crucial role bringing education to the forefront of the Chilean political debates. The Chilean education system is one of the most commodified ...

by Antoni Verger, Adrián Zancajo and Xavier Bonal In the context of the post-2015 debate, many stakeholders are advocating for the introduction of a learning-related goal as the most appropriate way to monitor educational progress in low-income countries. Of course, good quality education systems should provide all children with the same opportunities to learn, as well as to enjoy a satisfactory and safe schooling experience. Learning is one of the most important outputs in all education systems, but, from a development ...

At a time of economic crisis, many governments have a schizophrenic relationship with education.  On the one hand, they consider education as a strategic sector and the key to getting us out of the crisis.  On the other, they apply indiscriminate cuts to the sector, with very negative effects in terms of educational quality and equity.  To try to overcome this contradiction, during a crisis, our governments propose “educational reforms” aimed at improving education systems without necessarily investing more resources, ...

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