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Center-Right Parties and Post-War Secondary Education

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Anja GiudiciORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by City University of New York, 2023.

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The massification of secondary schooling constitutes the key educational project of the first post-war period. However, the resulting educational structures differed in terms of streaming and standardization. Despite their historical opposition to such expansion, center-right parties contributed to shaping these reforms. They generally opposed standardization because their distributive strategy rested on support from elites and middle classes. However, their stance on streaming varied. Centre-right parties supported streaming when they were linked to teachers and private providers who opposed comprehensive reforms, but supported de-streaming where such groups aligned with the left. This article shows how center-right parties in Bavaria, France, and Italy, with common partisan distributive aims, introduced varied public service reforms following from their links to different vested producers. It argues that theorizing such reforms requires considering both distributive and productive environments.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Giudici A, Gingrich J, Chevalier T, Haslberger M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Comparative Politics

Year: 2023

Volume: 55

Issue: 2

Pages: 193-218

Print publication date: 01/01/2023

Online publication date: 04/08/2022

Acceptance date: 29/03/2022

Date deposited: 10/08/2022

ISSN (print): 0010-4159

ISSN (electronic): 2151-6227

Publisher: City University of New York


DOI: 10.5129/001041523X16570701392481

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/wkzk-mf47


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