School choice in London and Paris - a comparison of middle-class strategies

Michaela Benson, Gary H Bridge, Deborah J Wilson

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Education is one major public service in which quasi-markets and other choice-based mechanisms are now established methods of delivery. The types of school people choose, and the extent to which their choices are realized, have a fundamental impact on the outcomes of any mechanism of school choice. In this article, we provide a comparative analysis of the school choice strategies of middle-class families in London and Paris. We draw on approximately 200 in-depth interviews carried out across the two cities. This enables us to investigate the extent to which middle-class school choice strategies transcend the institutional context provided by both the local (state and private) schools market and national education policy in England and France. We discuss these findings in the context of current school choice policy and consider their implications for future policy design.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-43
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Policy and Administration
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


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