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Stimulus or impediment?: The impact of matching grants on the funding of elementary schools in Sweden during the nineteenth century
Uppsala University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Studies in Education, Culture and Media. (SEC - Sociology of Education and Culture)
2013 (English)In: History of Education, ISSN 0046-760X, E-ISSN 1464-5130, Vol. 42, no 1, 1-22 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

What was the impact of government grants on the emerging national elementaryschool systems of the nineteenth century? This article deals with this question through a study ofthe introduction of matching government grants in Sweden during the latter part of the nineteenthcentury. The analysis shows that, although the government grants increased rapidly with theintroduction of matching grants, they did not crowd out local funding. Instead, the grantsstimulated local taxation, increasing the number of teachers as well as their salaries. This occurred because the grants were perceived as an incentive by local school boards and because the financial control of the Swedish elementary school system remained at a local level. Thus, this article also contributes to the research on the expansion of mass education during thenineteenth century, commenting on the significance of both state intervention and a decentralised organisation.

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2013. Vol. 42, no 1, 1-22 p.
Keyword [sv]
utbildningshistoria, folkskolan, ekonomi
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History Educational Sciences
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Sociology of Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-172412DOI: 10.1080/0046760X.2012.684359ISI: 000313415300001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-172412DiVA: diva2:514589
Folkskolans finansiering
Available from: 2012-04-10 Created: 2012-04-10 Last updated: 2013-02-13Bibliographically approved

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