Mobilities of policy and mobile parents–creating a new dynamic in policy borrowing within state schooling

Miri Yemini, Claire Maxwell

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In this article, we focus on the transformations imposed on schools by individual parents, arguing that schools as modern organisations change not only through top-down pressures orchestrated by an array of international organisations, for-profit companies and media as shown in previous research, but also through the agency of mobile parents, who seek to import reforms from elsewhere, based on their previous schooling experiences abroad. We focus on a specific group of middle class parents, who are continuously mobile, moving between global cities for employment. This paper brings into the discussion the role of individual parental strategies as they seek to promote education policy-borrowing. By applying the theoretical lens of stakeholder identification and salience, using a multi case study research design, we suggest that parents express high levels of power, legitimacy and a sense of urgency, thus being able to successfully advocate for change. We argue that while exploring organisational reform occurring due to the globalisation of education, we must view parents as central actors in this new space.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-80
Number of pages11
JournalGlobalisation, Societies and Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021


  • Mobility
  • organisation
  • parents
  • policy borrowing


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