Uncovering the role of grassroots resistance in public policymaking
When it comes to the study of neoliberal expansion in education, many studies focus on perspectives deriving from official policy narratives and numbers. Moving away from this, the EU-funded Cultureintalk project will investigate neoliberal education reforms in Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom using a bottom-up approach by examining the grassroots voices in society. The project's work will bring together cultural sociology, public policy and comparative education and redefine the relationship between culture and policy as a continuous feedback loop whereby grassroots policy interpretations make their way to policy discourse. The work of the project will pave the way for more effective dialogue between grassroots and nation-level educational actors.