GATS and the new developmentalism: Governing transnational education

Sidhu, R. (2007) GATS and the new developmentalism: Governing transnational education. Comparative Education Review, 51 2: 203-227. doi:10.1086/512020

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Author Sidhu, R.
Title GATS and the new developmentalism: Governing transnational education
Journal name Comparative Education Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0010-4086
Publication date 2007-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1086/512020
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 51
Issue 2
Start page 203
End page 227
Total pages 25
Place of publication Chicago, IL
Publisher The University of Chicago Press
Language eng
Subject C1
330103 Sociology of Education
330104 Educational Policy, Administration and Management
740301 Higher education
Abstract This article introduces a relatively recent development, the inclusion of education as a tradable service under the World Trade Organization's (WTO's) General Agreement on Trade and Services (GATS). I focus on two Trade in Education Services forums—one in Washington, DC (USA), and one in Sydney (Australia)—to investigate the discursive strategies used to promote trade in education in the multilateral context. I identify the truth regimes that are concretized and the strategies used by both state and nonstate actors to define, codify, and delimit the discourse on trade in education. I argue that these strategies help create the conditions for a broader “epistemic lock in,” where various authorities associated with education are steered toward legitimizing a “new developmentalism,” namely, the reconfiguration of trade liberalization as a developmental tool. By framing the liberalization of trade in education in moral terms, as the means to alleviate global poverty and bridge the development divide, the implications of a GATS-sanctioned commercial agenda are rendered invisible. Using governmentality as a theoretical and methodological framework, I begin the inquiry into the discursive reconstruction of transnational education with the question of how ideas about trade liberalization are globalized. If globalization is imagined as flows, then what exactly is flowing across transnational education spaces? What kinds of ideas and practices are being transnationalized, and what are their “biopolitical”1 and geopolitical effects?
Keyword WTO, GATS, trade, education, transnational education
Q-Index Code C1
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