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The Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work and the Centre for Applied Social Research present a special seminar with guest presenter Rianne Mahon.
Early childhood education and care in comparative perspective: the governable spaces of non-formal education.
Michelle Neuman defines early childhood education and care (ECEC) governance as ‘the allocation of responsibility for decision-making and delivery across government departments, levels of government and public and private actors’.
She goes on to note that good systems of ECEC governance ‘can ensure that services attain quality standards, are affordable, meet local demand, promote cost-efficiency and achieve equity goals’.
To these goals might also be added universal accessibility and democracy. These are of course ideals to which countries might aspire: but an assessment of actually existing arrangements reveals multiple patterns.
Rianne’s paper will reflect on various arrangements for governing ECEC spaces in Canada, a country that has accepted the adult worker-parent norm but whose federal system has permitted the development of a fragmented ECEC system, with pockets of innovation but a lack of overall standards.
The Canadian case will be compared to two other Anglo-American countries with liberal social policy regimes (Australia and Britain) as well as the ‘gold standard’ Nordic countries, with particular reference to Norway and Sweden.
Presenter: Rianne Mahon
Rianne holds a CIGI chair in comparative and global social policy governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and is a Professor in the Department of Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada.
She co-edited Child Care Policy at the Crossroads (with Sonya Michel), The OECD and Transnational Governance (with Stephen McBride), Leviathan Undone? (with Roger Keil) and Feminist Ethics and Social Politics (with Fiona Robinson).
She has also written numerous articles on the place of childcare policy in redesigning welfare regimes at the local, national and global scales.