Redefinitions of the role of the state: Public/private partnerships and the democratization of education


  • Vera Maria Vidal Peroni UFRGS



Public / private partnership in education, Brazilian educational policy, Democratic management


The aim of this article is to analyze the public-private relation and its consequences for the democratic management of schools in Brazil. It displays the current context, because it comprehends the inclusion of private logic in public schools as part of changes in this particular period of capitalism, which redefine the role of social policies, and presents an example of a partnership between the public schools and third sector, which was the subject of research recently completed. The theoretical framework, which supported the research was based on authors who analyze the current period, David Harvey and Istvan Meszaros, and the concept of democracy based on Ellen Wood. The data, mostly qualitative, were collected through interviews with managers of the policy document analysis, observations and interviews with school teachers, principals and teaching staff. Overall, it was concluded that the relationship between public and private are manifested in the current period both in terms of change of ownership (public non-state), and in relation to what remains in state ownership, but rearranges educational processes in the logic of the market.


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Author Biography

Vera Maria Vidal Peroni, UFRGS

Vera Maria Vidal Peroni
Bolsista de Produtividade em Pesquisa do CNPq - Nível 2

possui graduação em Pedagogia pela Universidade de Santa Cruz do Sul (1986), mestrado em Educação pela Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul (1994) e doutorado em Educação: História, Política, Sociedade pela Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (1999). Atualmente é professor Associado da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Tem experiência na área de Educação, com ênfase em Política Educacional, atuando principalmente nos seguintes temas: estado e política educacional, política educacional brasileira, financiamento da educação, descentralização da educação e política educacional.



How to Cite

Peroni, V. M. V. (2013). Redefinitions of the role of the state: Public/private partnerships and the democratization of education. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21, 47.