Le financement public de l'éducation privée dans quatre provinces canadiennes

Authors: Teyssier, Ronan
Advisor: Côté, Pauline; Hervieu-Léger, Danièle
Abstract: The provincial funding of private education has long been a salient and resilient issue in several Canadian provinces. Most prior studies on the topic display a normative argumentation in which the legitimacy of such funding is questioned. Yet, surprisingly little is known about the empirical features of the allocative funding mechanism. This dissertation fills the research gap by describing and explaining the variation in the amount of public money that is directed towards private school authorities in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Quebec. I use previous researches conducted in sociology of organizations, sociology of religion, political economy, and political science, so as to present formal hypotheses. I expect the amount of public funding received by a private school authority to be a function of its religious identification, its organizational features, its financial needs, and its electoral environment. I assembled a dataset in order to empirically assess the theoretical model built from the literature review. I use data on 495 private school authorities and their environment across Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Quebec. Robust estimation of multiple regression models as well as quantile regression analysis are used. I find that the religious identification of private school authorities and their financial needs are the two best predictors of the amount of public funding directed towards private education. Catholic and Protestant school authorities are somewhat financially favored, though this is only true of authorities located below the median level of provincial funding. Overall, the amount of provincial funding responds to the needs of private school authorities.
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2009
Open Access Date: 16 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/21305
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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