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Práxis Educativa

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LEIVA, Jorge Alarcón. The rules of our game: neoliberal privatization of education in Chile. Práxis Educativa [online]. 2017, vol.12, n.3, pp.690-707. ISSN 1809-4309.

This paper presents and develops the hypothesis that a neoliberal privatization process, as in the case of the Chilean education, was installed and experienced without any theoretical research supporting it and this situation has guaranteed the condition and effect of its process. Therefore, we investigate the hypothesis that the neoliberal privatization of education in Chile was imposed, in an invisible manner, without being publicly discussed by those involved in education, since this was the condition that guaranteed the efficiency of its implementation without having to clarify how it worked. To develop such hypothesis, the paper starts explaining the reasons of this procedure and examines the criteria used to create a taxonomy of privatization modalities in which a distinction is presented between this privatization process and commercialization processes. Its conclusion puts forward some considerations about the long-term effects promoted by the privatization process in education in the Chilean society and in the quality of the alleged effort made to stop it.

Palavras-chave : Education; Policy; Neoliberalism; Privatization; Types of privatization.

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