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Teachers' Unions and Education Reform in Comparative Contexts by Lindsay Whorton

Teachers' Unions and Education Reform in Comparative Contexts

Part of the Routledge Research in Education Policy and Politics Series


Teachers' Unions and Education Reform in Comparative Contexts by Lindsay Whorton

Teachers' unions have long been controversial and divisive organizations, but criticism and distrust of them may be at an all-time high. This volume considers the prevailing assumption that unions successfully block change in education because they are primarily motivated to protect members' interests. It challenges the conceptualization of teacher union motivation and provides a more nuanced account of unions' interests, power and impact. Through a series of international cases from the United States, Finland and the Canton of Zurich, this volume examines the hot-button issue of performance-related pay reform and compensation. It argues that a better understanding of the union-management relationship may be the key to securing more meaningful change and reform. It will be of use to scholars, policy-makers, union leaders, teachers and citizens who are interested in the possibilities for the union-management relationship, rather than the limitations.

About the Author

Lindsay M. Whorton received her DPhil at the University of Oxford, UK and served as Legislative Director to Colorado Senator Mike Johnston. She lives in Washington DC.

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Publication date

18th May 2017


Lindsay Whorton

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


272 pages


Educational strategies & policy
Organization & management of education
Politics & government
Social issues & processes



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