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Régulation et compétition entre établissements scolaires dans six espaces locaux en Europe

Abstract : According to this analysis of the dynamics of competition in six school zones in Europe (Charleroi, Budapest, Lisbon, London, Lille and the Paris area), secondary schools pursue “logics of action” that are shaped by an interdependence between local establishments. Parents’ strategies for choosing a school rank establishments and lead to a competitive interdependence with a pattern and intensity that vary depending on the place — the major issue being the capacity to attract and retain pupils. A typology of these “logics” is proposed: establishments pursue a logic of conquest, profit from the status quo, diversification or adaptation depending on their local position and the intensity of competition. Questions are raised about the potentials and limits of public interventions for regulating this competitive interdependence. Competition, along with its deviant effects (segregation and inequality), arises out of the shortcomings and limitations of public interventions and out of the fragmentation of local regulations. A lack of coordination between the authorities in charge, between districts and between the public and private supply of education affects the development of opportunistic tactics by certain establishments. The conclusion draws attention to the need for coordinating regulations.
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Christian Maroy, Agnès van Zanten. Régulation et compétition entre établissements scolaires dans six espaces locaux en Europe. Sociologie du Travail, Association pour le développement de la sociologie du travail, 2007, 49 (4), pp.464-478. ⟨10.4000/sdt.22865⟩. ⟨hal-01524248v2⟩



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