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Business-Managed Democracy

“Business-managed democracies are those in which the political and cultural arrangements are managed in the interests of business”

Sharon Beder

Business-Managed Education

Funding Networks


The diagram below shows how a few wealthy foundations are funding a vast network of organisations in the US, which are campaigning to introduce market reforms into education, including vouchers and charter schools. These organisations and many others campaign for these reforms through local organising, mass media and political lobbying.

Funding diagram Walton Family Foundation

Source: Sharon Beder, This Little Kiddy Went to Market: The Corporate Capture of Childhood, Pluto Press, London, UK, 2009.
Info from: R. G. Neas, ‘Following the Money: Funding and Support for Voucher Programs’, Washington DC, People for the American Way Foundation, 2003; Media Transparency, ‘Media Transparency: The Money Behind Conservative Media’, Cursor, Inc, accessed 20 May 2006; ‘Vouchers: Who's Behind It All?’ American Association of School Administrators, 21 October 2005.
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