Market logic at school: Emerging intra-school competition between private and public STEM programmes in Israel




privatization, NGOs, schools, competition


This study analyses the de facto emerging intra-school competition between the Israeli Ministry of Education (MOE) and external organisations at public Israeli secondary schools by exploring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programmes. Given on-going privatisation processes within the education system, the participation of external organisations in schools has become significant, greatly affecting municipalities’ authority and schools principals’ autonomy. This case-study provides a comprehensive examination of this new form of intra-school competition and its possible impact on schools, based on in-depth interviews with school principals, representatives of STEM programmes, and officials at the MOE and a local education authority, as well as analysis of supporting documents. We show that despite its supposed regulatory role, the MOE is pushed to function as an additional player in this quasi-market, competing with external organisations and substituting its regulatory roles for additional market-player opportunities. Theoretical and empirical implications are suggested.


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Author Biographies

Adi Kaptzon, Tel Aviv University

Adi Kafzun is an MA student at Tel Aviv University. Her research focuses on intermediaries in education and their direct involvement in schooling.

Miri Yemini, Tel Aviv University

Miri Yemini is a Comparative Education scholar at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Yemini’s research interests include globalisation of and in education, global citizenship education, internationalisation, intermediaries in education, and the global middle class. Dr. Yemini succeeded to secure substantial funding for her research from (among others) the EU, UNESCO, and MOE. This year, Dr. Yemini holds honorary visiting positions at UCL, Institute of Education; Freie Universität Berlin; and the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität at Nuremberg. She published her research in Journal of Education Policy; Comparative Education Review; Teaching & Teachers Education; Globalisation, Societies and Education; Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education; Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education; Educational Management Administration and Leadership and other publications.





How to Cite

Kaptzon, A., & Yemini, M. (2018). Market logic at school: Emerging intra-school competition between private and public STEM programmes in Israel. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 26, 104.