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‘TAMA’ economics under siege in Brazil: The threats of curriculum governance reform

Guizzo, Danielle; Mearman, Andrew; Berger, Sebastian

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Andrew Mearman



Abstract

This article considers the curriculum framework governing economics teaching in Brazilian higher education. We assess economics teaching according to three criteria: its pluralism or monism regarding economic theory and method; its treatment of economics’ wider socio-political dimensions; and its educational philosophical approach and goals. Against these criteria we conclude that Brazilian economics has been pluralist and open, particularly in comparison to other international governance frameworks. However, we argue that Brazil’s prevailing TAMA–There Are Many Alternatives–framework is threatened by strong disciplinary, institutional and wider political pressures with both domestic and global roots. These forces may force Brazilian economics teaching to be less open, becoming more like the existing hegemonic approaches, such as those operating in Anglo/US systems. These changes partly reflect the neo-liberalization of higher education.

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Guizzo, D., Mearman, A., & Berger, S. (2021). ‘TAMA’ economics under siege in Brazil: The threats of curriculum governance reform. Review of International Political Economy, 28(1), 258-281. https://doi.org/10.1080/09692290.2019.1670716

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 12, 2019
Online Publication Date Sep 26, 2019
Publication Date Jan 1, 2021
Deposit Date Sep 12, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 27, 2021
Journal Review of International Political Economy
Print ISSN 0969-2290
Electronic ISSN 1466-4526
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 1
Pages 258-281
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09692290.2019.1670716
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/2985744
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1080/09692290.2019.1670716

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