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17:00 - 18:30 24 January 2013

Education as Positional Competition: First thoughts on Implications for Public Policy Objectives


Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6 | Gordon House (link Map)
31-34 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PY |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Professor Alan Ware

First identified by Fred Hirsch in 1976, and developed as “relative needs” by Bob Goodin in 1990, the idea of positional competition is particularly relevant to the provision of education. However, although the manifestations and consequences of that competition have become increasingly evident over the last 4 or 5 decades, it has largely been excluded from public and academic debates about education policy. This is surprising because it raises important problems about how inequalities of opportunity can best be reduced. As a policy area through which greater social justice might be attained, education is radically different from areas of social policy – such as housing, health and pensions in which elements of positional competition are small or no-existent.


Alexandra Skinner
0207 679 4999 | alexandra.skinner@ucl.ac.uk


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