Teachers unions in Germany: fragmented competitors

Rita Nikolai, Kendra Briken, Dennis Niemann

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Public education is critically important to the human capital, social well-being, and economic prosperity of nations. It is also an intensely political realm of public policy that is heavily shaped by power and special interests. Yet political scientists rarely study education, and education researchers rarely study politics. This volume attempts to change that by promoting the development of a coherent, thriving field on the comparative politics of education. As an opening wedge, the authors carry out an 11-nation comparative study of the political role of teachers unions, showing that as education systems everywhere became institutionalized, teachers unions pursued their interests by becoming well-organized, politically active, highly influential - and during the modern era, the main opponents of neoliberal reform. Across diverse nations, the commonalities are striking. The challenge going forward is to expand on this study's scope, theory, and evidence to bring education into the heart of comparative politics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Comparative Politics of Education
Subtitle of host publicationTeachers Unions and Education Systems Around the World
EditorsTerry Moe, Susanne Wiborg
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)9781107168886
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2016


  • teacher unions
  • education systems

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