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Práxis Educativa

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BURTON, Guy. Teorizando o Estado e a Globalização na política e políticas educacionais. Práxis Educativa [online]. 2014, vol.09, n.02, pp.315-332. ISSN 1809-4309.

The essay aims to overturn much conventional (and generally critical) thinking which emphasises neoliberal prominence in policy and policy making. Two main policy making processes are noted: (1) a rational, systematic process or (2) an incoherent, incremental version. The latter account is perceived as more realistic model and accounted for by making use of particular perspectives regarding the nature and role of the state in today’s globalised world. Using Dunleavy and O’Leary’s Theories of the State (1987) and its update, Theories of the Liberal Democratic State (2009) by Dryzek and Dunleavy, four main theories are identified: the pluralist/neopluralist, Marxist, elitist and New Right/market liberal. Three perspectives on globalisation - the neoliberal, radical and transformationalist - are analysed with the latter providing insights into the varied impact of globalisation on the policy making process and its outcome. The essay concludes with an appeal for future research to acknowledge the complex nature of policy making, thereby using more nuanced analysis.

Palavras-chave : Theories of the State; Globalisation; Policy Making Models.

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