Power, Democracy – and Democracy in Education (FORUM 2)
Author: KEN JONES
This article addresses questions of workplace democracy, particularly in relation to school education. Following Luciano Canfora in treating democracy as ‘the rule of the many’, it traces the post-1945 rise of workplace democracy, and its post-1979 decline. Analysing the constitution of contemporary schooling in England, the article concludes that it has been de-democratised. It suggests, however, that in the increasingly difficult situation in which the neo-liberal project of education finds itself, the efficacy and legitimacy of this system of governance will be increasingly questioned.