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PPP Paradox

PPP Paradox
Promise and Perils of Public-Private Partnership in Education

First Edition
Critical Acclaim

September 2013 | 174 pages | SAGE India
Public–private partnerships have been in use for a long time, and in many countries, to build roads and bridges, clean rivers, and manage waste. In the last two decades, they have slowly begun to make their presence felt in the field of public education. Several countries, including the United States and India, have recently enacted laws that include partnerships with private entities as a vehicle for education reform.

PPP Paradox discusses a swathe of PPPs in education and assesses their approach and contribution to genuine school change. This broad and even-handed survey of a variety of policy positions is followed by specific accounts of reform efforts in two case studies—one from a partnership in middle-school change in curriculum and instruction that took place in the state of Michigan in the United States, and the other from a partnership to bring Montessori education to government-run schools in Chennai, a large Indian city.
Foreword Frederick Erickson
The Paradox
Promise and Perils
Middle Start in American Public Schools
Montessori in Chennai Corporation Schools
Resolving the Paradox

Written in a way that is interesting to the reader and reasonable priced it is within reach of all and is a useful one for all those keen to understand the nuances of PPP in education. The book gives a balanced picture of PPP in education… It also offers good critical analyses of various complex issues related with participation of private partners, including replicating of such efforts.


Indian Educational Review

The book is highly readable and the language is lucid, organization is logical...programmes are well described in detail...(the author) examines both the promise and the perils of the paradox.

Contemporary Education Dialogue

PPP Paradox… provides a good read with thought provoking insights into Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) in public education… PPP Paradox explores how PPP approaches the notion of genuine school change and extends a supportive hand… Support from outside partners seems difficult to digest… She (the author) will surely persuade you; for, such strong are the cases she presents in support of the claim.

DC Books, Education Insider

Based on a survey of literature on American public schools, and a case study on Michigan state in USA and ethnographic study of Chennai Corporation Schools, PPP Paradox is an important study and a valuable addition to the meagre literature on the subject…. A very useful book.

Journal of Education Planning and Administration

In this book the term (PPP) is deconstructed using an interpretive approach that presents and assesses different types of partnership arrangements…. It contributes to the literature on public–private partnerships with two details case studies drawn from her (author’s) own research and experience…. Readers seeking to better understand the differing presentations of PPPs and explore what constitutes a successful partnership will find Gopalan’s analysis useful and balanced.

Anthropology & Education Quarterly

I see the book as offering many useful insights into the issue of quality of education and the manner in which citizens and citizen groups can initiate reforms in this direction, the strategies they can adopt for a successful intervention, and the pitfalls they should avoid. This book is a valuable contribution to existing literature on PPP in education.  

Abdul Hameed Nayyar
International Review of Education

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ISBN: 9788132111283