Following policy: a network ethnography of the UK character education policy community
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A central and original contribution of this article is in identifying the financial and ideological influence of US Christian neoconservative philanthropic foundation the John Templeton Foundation (JTF) on social science research and policy in the UK. Our analysis identifies academics in the UK and US who, through considerable JTF funding, have provided an evidence base that authorises character education as a policy solution. We also locate ‘policy entrepreneurs’ as key nodal actors, whose social capital and elite membership helps to lubricate network relations and facilitate policy influence. Finally, we consider the motivations and vested interests of policy actors, including the JTF’s particular model of philanthropy, and conclude that the character education agenda is underpinned by a set of ideas that promote a free-market, individualistic and socially conservative worldview.
|Journal||Sociological Research Online|
|Early online date||30 Apr 2018|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2018|
Rights statement: Kim Allen and Anna Bull, 'Following Policy: A Network Ethnography of the UK Character Education Policy Community,' Sociological Research Online, 23(2), pp. 438-458. Copyright © 2018 The Authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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