User Democracy in Schools? Comparing Norwegian Schools With Nursing Homes
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionScandinavian Journal of Educational Research. 2016, 62 (1), 17-33. 10.1080/00313831.2016.1188149
Democratic user control is a hallmark of Scandinavian schools, but also of other services of the Scandinavian welfare states. This article studies variations in parental control and influences in public and non-public schools. In addition, how the use of different governance tools inspired by markets affects user control is analyzed. The empirical investigation consists of matching public and non-public schools and nursing homes in three Norwegian municipalities. The study concludes that there is important variation between public and non-public schools, while there is little variation between public and non-public nursing homes. The organization of the quasi-market is an important explanation for this.