Antoni Verger

Antoni Verger

Antoni Verger is a Ramón y Cajal Researcher and a Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of
Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He is a member of the 'Globalisation, Education and Social Policies' UAB research centre. His main areas of expertise are the global governance of education and education privatization (antoni.verger@uab.cat).

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, ...

Education reform is an increasingly internationalised phenomenon. Governments seeking to reform their education system usually look to the international level for successful experiences, with a view to learning from their strengths and, as far as possible, emulating them. In Europe, Finland currently stands out as the principal international reference for education reform owing to its excellent results in standardised international tests such as PISA. The current economic crisis however, and the superficial manner in which  governments try to import international “good ...

In Southern Europe, we are immersed in a deep financial crisis. This is largely due to greed within the banking sector in this hyper-liberalised financial system, a growth model highly dependent on speculation and the 'bad government' prevalent in the region that has tolerated, if not pro-actively fuelled, this erratic development model.In response to the financial crisis, Southern European governments have embraced austerity measures characterised by significant cuts in fundamental social services such as health and education. Education cuts Spain is a ...