Mark Olssen

Professor Mark Olssen


BA (Hons) University of Otago (1975), PhD (Political Studies) University of Otago (1985), AcSS 2010
Wednesday and Thursday afternoon 1:00 - 5.00pm

Biography

Mark Olssen is Professor of Political Theory and Education Policy in the Department of Politics at the University of Surrey. His most recent books are Liberalism, Neoliberalism, Social Democracy: thin communitarian perspectives on political philosophy and education, Routledge, New York and London, 2010; Toward A Global Thin Community: Nietzsche, Foucault, and the Cosmopolitan Commitment, Paradigm Press, Boulder and London, published 2009.  He is also co-author (with John Codd and Anne-Marie O’Neill ) of Education Policy: Globalisation, Citizenship, Democracy, (Sage, London, 2004 and  author of Michel Foucault: Materialism and Education, Greenwood Press, New York, 1999/Paradigm Press, Boulder, 2006. He has also published many book chapters and articles in academic journals in Britain, America and in Australasia.

Research interests

  • Higher Education Policy
  • Normative Political Theory and Philosophy
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Political Economy
  • Michel Foucault.

Editorial boards

Access: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural and Policy Studies (Elizabeth Grieson). Consultant editor 1996-2002. Editorial board member from 2002.

Journal of Education and Work, Editor, Professor Hugh Lauder, University of Bath (Taylor Francis), Editorial Board from 2007.

Educational Philosophy and Theory (Michael Peters) (Blackwells). Editorial board member since 1998. Associate editor from 2004.

International Journal of Lifelong Education (Peter Jarvis and Stella Parker). (Taylor Francis) Editorial board member from October 2003.

Journal of Education Policy (Stephen Ball and Ivar Goodson). (Taylor Francis) Editorial board member from October 2003.

British Journal of Educational Studies (BJES), Editor, Gary McCulloch, University College London (UCL). Editorial board member since 2016.

Policy Futures in Education (Michael Peters and Walter Humes) (Trident) Editorial board member from 2002.

My publications

Publications

Olssen, Mark (2018). 'Neoliberalism & Democracy: A Foucauldian Perspective on Public Choice Theory, Ordoliberalism and the Concept of the Public Good', in Damien Cahill, Melinda Cooper, Martijn Konings and David Primrose, eds. The Sage Handbook of Neoliberalism. London: Sage Publications, pp. 384 - 396.

Olssen, Mark (2017). 'Complexity & Learning: Implications for Teacher Education', in Michael A. Peters, Bromwyn Cowie and Ian Mentor (eds.) A Companion to Research in Teacher Education. Singapore: Springer Nature, pp. 507 - 520.

Rille Raaper and Mark Olssen (2017). 'In Conversation with Mark Olssen: on Foucault with Hegel and Marx', Open Review of Educational Research, Vol. 4 (1), pp. 96 - 117.

Olssen, Mark (2017). 'Neoliberalism and Beyond: The possibilities of a social justice agenda', in Stephen Parker, Kalervo N. Gulson and Trevor Gale (eds.), Policy and Inequality in Education. Singapore: Springer Nature, pp. 41 - 72.

Olssen, Mark (2017). 'Wittgenstein and Foucault: The limits and Possibilities of Constructivism', in Michael A. Peters and Jeff Stickney (eds.), A Companion to Wittgenstein on Education. Singapore: Springer Nature, pp. 305 - 320.

Olssen, Mark (2017). 'Exploring Complexity through Literature: Reframing Foucault's research project with hindsight', Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations, 16, pp. 80 – 89. (Addleton Academic Publishers, New York).

Richard Watermeyer and Olssen, Mark (2016). ‘Excellence and Exclusion: the individual costs of institutional competitiveness’, Minerva, 54, pp. 201 –218, DOI: 10.1007/s1 1024 - 016- 9298 - 5.

Raaper, Rille, and Mark Olssen (2016). ‘Mark Olssen on the neoliberalisation of higher education and academic lives: an interview,’ Policy Futures in Education, 14(2), pp. 147 –163. Available on-line first from 2/11/15, doi: 10.1177/1478210315610992 (Sage Publications, London).

Olssen, Mark, (2016). ‘Neoliberalism and Higher Education Today: research, accountability and impact’. British Journal of the Sociology of Education, Vol. 37, (1), pp. 129 – 148.

Olssen, Mark (2015). ‘Ascertaining the Normative Implications of Complexity for Politics: Beyond Agent-Based Modeling’, in Emilian Kavalski (ed.) World Politics at the Edge of Chaos: Reflections on Complexity and Global Life ( David C. Earnest, editor and James N. Rosenau series editor in Global Politics series). SUNY Press, New York, pp. 139 – 168.

Olssen, Mark and Michael Peters (2015). ‘Marx, Education and the Possibilities of a Fairer World: Reviving Radical Political Economy through Foucault’, Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations, 14, pp. 39 – 69, (Addleton Academic Publishers, New York).

Olssen, Mark (2015). ‘Social Democracy, Complexity and Education: Sociological Perspectives from Welfare Liberalism.’ Knowledge Cultures, Vol. 2, No. 6, pp. 115 – 129 (Addelton Academic Publishers, New York).

Olssen, Mark (2015). ‘Discourse, Complexity, Normativity: Tracing the elaboration of Foucault’s materialist concept of discourse’, Open Review of Educational Research, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 28–55 (Taylor/Francis, London).

Olssen, Mark (2012) Learning in a complex World. In Peter Jarvis (Ed.) The Routledge International Handbook of Learning, pp. 376 – 392. London and New York: Routledge.

Olssen, Mark (2011) ‘Complexity and Learning,’ Access: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies Vol. 30. Issue 1, pp. 11 – 24

Olssen, Mark (2011) ‘The Strange Death of the Liberal University: Research assessments and the impact of research’, in Roger King, Simon Marginson and Rajani Naidoo (Eds.) Handbook on Globalisation and Higher Education. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 360 – 386.

Olssen, Mark (2012) ‘Education Policy in the Work of John A. Codd’, in Roger Openshaw and John Clark (Eds.) Critic and Conscience: Essays on Education. Wellington: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, 2012.

Simons, Maarten and Mark Olsssen (2010) ‘The School as a Learning Apparatus’, in Deborah Osberg and Gert Biesta (eds.) Complexity Theory and the Politics of Education, Rotterdam, Boston, Taipei: Sense Publishers.

Olssen, Mark (2010) ‘Discourse, Complexity Life: Elaborating the possibilities of Foucault’s materialist conception of discourse’, in Colin B. Grant (Ed.) Beyond Universal Pragmatics: Studies in the philosophy of communication, Oxford: Peter Lang.

Olssen, Mark (2010) ‘Why Martha Nussbaum Should Become a Foucauldian?’ in Hans-Uwe Otto and Holger Ziegler (Eds.) Education, Welfare and the Capabilities Approach: A European Perspective, Opladen and Farmington Hills, MI: Barbara Budrich Publishers (pp. 15-48).  

Olssen, Mark (2010) ‘Politics and the Philosophy of Life: Towards a normative framework, in Jon Yorke (Ed.) The Right to Life and the Value of Life: Orientations in Law, Politics and Ethics. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing, pp. 39 – 64.

Recent books

Olssen, M. Liberalism, Neoliberalism, Social Democracy: Thin Communitarian Perspectives on Political Philosophy and Education. Routledge, New York.  [see preview] [buy a copy] [see review] [see review article].

Olssen, M. (2008) Toward A Global "Thin" Community: Nietzsche, Foucault and the Cosmopolitan Commitment . Boulder, Colarado:  Buy a copy at: [Paradigm Publishers]  [pdf]  [see review].

Olssen, M. (2006) Michel Foucault: Materialism and Education.  Boulder and London: Paradigm Press, 260 pages, 2006 [expanded paperback version of 1999 book: ISBN: 13: 978-1-59451-169-1].[View PDF of publicity leaflet]  [See review].

Olssen, M., Codd, J. and O'Neill, A-M (2004) Education Policy: Globalisation, Citizenship, Democracy, London: Sage (View PDF of publicity leaflet) [see reviews].

Olssen, M. (1999) Michel Foucault: Materialism and Education.  Bergin & Garvey: London and New York [See review].

Michael A. Peters, Susanne Weber, Susanne Maurer, Mark Olssen, A. C. Belsey (2009) (Eds.) Governmentality Studies in Education, Rotterdam, Boston, Taipei: Sense Publishers.

Maarten Simons (Leuven University), Mark Olssen (Surrey University), Michael Peters (Illinois University) (2009) (Eds.) Re-Reading Education Policies: A Handbook  for Studying the Policy Agenda of the 21st Century. Rotterdam, Boston, Taipei: Sense Publishers.

Olssen, M. (Ed.) (2005) Culture and Learning: Access and Opportunity in the Curriculum, edited by Mark Olssen, to appear in the International Perspectives in the Curriculum Series, series editor David A. Scott, Information Age Publishing, New York.  [View further info as PDF file]

Peters, M., Lankshear, C., and Olssen, M. (2003) (Eds.) Critical Theory and the Human Condition: Founders and Praxis, New York: Peter Lang, July, 288 pages. Peters, M., Olssen, M., and Lankshear, C.  (2003) Futures of Critical Theory: Dreams of Difference, New York: Rowman and Littlefield, October, 280 pages.

Other recent articles and book chapters

Olssen, Mark, (2010) 'Social Democracy in the 21st Century: Hobson, Keynes, complexity.'  In Apple, M., Ball, S. J. and Gandin L.A. (Eds.) International Handbook of Sociology of Education. Abingdon, Routledge..

Michael A. Peters, Susanne Weber, Susanne Maurer, Mark Olssen, A. C. Belsey (2009) (Eds.) Governmentality Studies in Education, pp. 77 – 94.  Rotterdam, Boston, Taipei: Sense Publishers.

Olssen, Mark (2009) ‘Governmentality and Subjectivity: Practices of the self as arts of self-government’, in Michael A. Peters, Susanne Weber, Susanne Maurer, Mark Olssen, A. C. Belsey (2009) (Eds.) Governmentality Studies in Education, pp. 77 – 94.  Rotterdam, Boston, Taipei: Sense Publishers.

Maarten Simons, Mark Olssen, Michael Peters (Eds.) Re-Reading Education Policies: A Handbook  for Studying the Policy Agenda of the 21st Century. pp.433 – 457.  Rotterdam, Boston, Taipei: Sense Publishers.

Simons, Maarten, Olssen, Mark and Michael Peters (2009) ‘Handbook on Matters of Public Concern: Introduction and overview.’  In Maarten Simons, Mark Olssen, Michael Peters (Eds.) Re-Reading Education Policies: A Handbook  for Studying the Policy Agenda of the 21st Century, pp. vii – xvi.  Rotterdam, Boston, Taipei: Sense Publishers.

Olssen, Mark (2009) Review article on Alastair Morgan’s book ‘Adorno’s Concept of Life’ [2007], Empedocles: European journal for the philosophy of communication, 1 (1), pp. 138 – 144 [See review]

Simons, Maarten, Olssen, Mark and Michael Peters (2009) ‘Re-Reading Education Policies: Part 1: The Critical Education Policy Orientation.’  In Maarten Simons, Mark Olssen, Michael Peters (Eds.) Re-Reading Education Policies: A Handbook  for Studying the Policy Agenda of the 21st Centur,. pp. 1 – 35.  Rotterdam, Boston, Taipei: Sense Publishers. (refereed book chapter).

Simons, Maarten, Olssen, Mark and Michael Peters (2009) ‘Re-Reading Education Policies: Part 2: Challenges, Horizons, Approaches, Tools, Styles.’  In Maarten Simons, Mark Olssen, Michael Peters (Eds.) Re-Reading Education Policies: A Handbook  for Studying the Policy Agenda of the 21st Century. pp. 36 – 95.  Rotterdam, Boston, Taipei: Sense Publishers. (refereed book chapter).

Olssen, Mark (2009) ‘Neoliberalism, Education, and the Rise of the Global Common Good.’ In Maarten Simons, Mark Olssen, Michael Peters (Eds.) Re-Reading Education Policies: A Handbook  for Studying the Policy Agenda of the 21st Century. pp.433 – 457.  Rotterdam, Boston, Taipei: Sense Publishers. (refereed book chapter).

Olssen, M  (2008) ‘Education Policy’, in Gary McCulloch (Ed.), The Routledge International Encyclopaedia of Education, pp. 198 - 199, London and New York: (ISBN: 0-415-27747-7)  (encyclopaedia entry).

Olssen, M. (2008) ‘Critical Theory’, in Gary McCulloch (ed.), International Encyclopaedia of Education. Pp. 145-146, London and New York: ISBN: 0-415-27747-7 (encyclopaedia entry).

Olssen, M. (2008) ‘Foucault as Complexity Theorist’, Educational Philosophy and Theory 40 (1): pp. 96-117. (journal article) [see Abstract] [Above article also published in Mark Mason (Ed.) (2008) Complexity Theory and the Philosophy of Education, pp. 91 – 111. Oxford: Wiley – Blackwell.]

Olssen, M. and Peters, M.(2008)  ‘Marx, Education and the Possibilities of a Fairer World: Reviving Radical Political Economy through Foucault’, in Anthony Green, Glenn Rikowski and Helen Raduntz (Eds.) Renewing Diologues in Marxism and Education: Openings. New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, pp. 151 – 182, March.

Olssen, M. (2008) ‘Understanding the mechanisms of neoliberal control: lifelong learning, flexibility and knowledge capitalism,’ in Andreas Fejes and Katherine Nicoll (Eds.) Foucault and Lifelong Learning: Governing the subject, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 34 – 47, March.

Olssen, M. (2008) ‘Globalisation, the Third Way and Education Post 9/11: Building Democratic Citizenship, in Michael A. Peters, Alan Britton and Harry Blee (Eds.)Global Citizenship Education: Philosophy, Theory and Pedagogy. Rotterdam/Taipei: Sense Publishers, pp. 261 – 283, April.

Michael Peters, Colin Lankshear and Mark Olssen (Eds.) (2007) Teoria crỉtica I condició humana, Edicions del CReC, Disputacio de Valencia (Critical Theory and the Human Condition) (Translated into Spanish) (388 pages) (foreign language translation).

Olssen, M. (2007) Invoking Democracy: Foucault’s Conception (with insights from Hobbes). In Michael Peters and Tina Belsey (eds) Why Foucault,  pp. 231 – 261.  New York: Peter Lang.

Olssen, M (2007) ‘Globalisation, the Third Way and Education Post 9-11: Building Democratic Citizenship. In Michael A. Peters, Harry Blee and Alan Britten, (eds) Global Citizenship Education: Philosophy, Theory, Pedagogy, pp. 261 – 282. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Olssen, Mark (2006) "Foucault and the Imperatives of Education: Critique and Self-Creation in a Non-Foundational World" Studies in Philosophy and Education, 25 (3): 191-217. [View paper] [View paper at: http://dx.doii-org/10.1007.s11217-006-0013-0 ]

Olssen, M. (2006) Foucault, Educational Research and the Issue of Autonomy. In Paul Smeyers and Michael A. Peters (Eds.) Postfoundationalist Themes in the Philosophy of Education. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Olssen, M (2006) Totalitarianism and the Repressed Utopia of the Present, in Michael Peters and John Freeman Moir (Eds.) Edutopias: New Utopian Thinking in Education. Rotterdam, Boston, Taipei: Sense Publishers.

Olssen, M. (2006) ‘Neoliberalism, Globalization, Democracy: Challenges for Education’, Reprinted in A.H. Halsey, H. Lauder, P. Brown and A. S. Wells. (Eds.) Education, Culture, Economy, Society. Oxford: Oxford University Press  (revised edition, July).

Olssen, Mark (2006) Understanding the mechanisms of neoliberral control: lifelong learning, flexibility and knowledge capitalism, International Journal of Lifelong Education, 25 (3) May-June, pp. 213-230. [see Abstract]

Peters, M. and Olssen, M. (2005) ‘Teaching, Scholarship and Research in the New Knowledge Economy’, pp. 37 – 48. In Ron Barnett (Ed.) Reshaping Universities: New Relationships between research, scholarship and teaching. McGraw-Hill/ Open University Press  (SRHE Imprint).

Olssen, M. (2005) Globalization, the Third Way and Education Post 9/11: Building Democratic Citizenship’, in Michael Peters (Ed.) Education, Globalization and the State in the Age of Terrorism, Boulder, Colorado: Paradigm Publishers. Olssen, M. (2005) ‘Foucault and Marx: Re-writing the history of historical materialism’, Policy Futures in Education, 2 (3): 453 - 480.

Olssen, M., (2005) ‘Foucault, Educational Research and the issue of autonomy’, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 37 (3):  365 – 389.  

Olssen, M., and Peters, M. (2005) ‘Neoliberalism, Higher Education and the Knowledge Economy: From the free market to knowledge capitalism’, Journal of Education Policy, 20 (3), May, pp. 313 – 347. (Most downloaded journal article/ November 2012).

Olssen, M. (2004) ‘Neoliberalism, Globalization, Democracy: Challenges for Education,’ Globalization, Societies, Education 2 (2): 229 – 273, July 2004.

Olssen, M. (2004) Globalization, the Third Way and Education Post 9/11: Building Democratic Citizenship’, in Michael Peters (ed.) Education, Globalization and the State in the Age of Terrorism, Boulder, Colorado: Paradigm Publishers.

Olssen, M. (2004) ‘Neoliberalism, Globalization, Democracy: Challenges for Education’, Globalization, Societies, Education 2 (2): 229 – 273, July.

Olssen, M. (2004) ‘Can a Liberal Theory of Multicultural Education Be Defended?’ Extended Review of Rob Reich, Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education, Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2002, Journal of Education Policy 19 (4): 529 – 540.

Olssen, M. (2004) ‘From the Crick Report to the Parekh Report: Multiculturalism, Cultural Difference and Democracy – the Re-Visioning of Citizenship Education’, British Journal of the Sociology of Education, 18 (2): 179 – 191, May.

Olssen, M (2004) ‘The School as the Microscope of Conduct: On Doing Foucauldian Research in Education’, in J. Marshall (Ed.), Poststructuralism and Education, pp. 57 – 84. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, May.

Pre- 2004 books, articles and chapters

Peters, M., Lankshear, C., and Olssen, M. (2003) (Eds.) Critical Theory and the Human Condition: Founders and Praxis, New York: Peter Lang, July, 288 pages. [edited book] Peters, M., Olssen, M., and Lankshear, C.  (2003) Futures of Critical Theory: Dreams of Difference, New York: Rowman and Littlefield, October, 280 pages. [edited book] Olssen, M., (2003) 'Totalitarianism and the Repressed Utopia of the Present: Moving Beyond Hayek, Popper and Foucault', Policy Futures, 1 (3), 2003. www.triangle.co.uk/PFIE/ Olssen, M. (2003) 'Radical Constructivism and Its Failings: Anti-Realism and Individualism' in D. Scott (Ed.) Curriculum Studies: Major Themes, Volume 3, pp. 32 – 51. London: Routledge, September.

Olssen, M. (2003) ‘Foucault’s and Critique: Kant, Humanism and the Human Sciences’, in M. Peters, M. Olssen, and C. Lankshear (eds) Futures of Critical Theory: Dreams of Difference, pp. 73 – 102. New York: Rowman and Littlefield.

Olssen, M.  (2003) ‘Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Neo-Liberalism: Assessing Foucault’s Legacy’, Journal of Education Policy, 18 (2), pp. 189 - 202, May. Peters, M, Olssen, M, and Lankshear, C. (eds.) (2003) Futures of Critical Theory: Dreams of Difference. Rowan and Littlefield: New York, October, 270 pages (ISBN 0 7425 2860 X).[edited book].

Peters, M, Lankshear, C, and Olssen, M (eds.) (2003) Critical Theory and the Human Condition: Founders and Praxis. Peter Lang: New York, June, 288 pages (ISBN 0-8204-5168-1). [edited book]

Olssen, M. (2002) ‘Terrorism, Globalisation and Democracy: On Reading Michael Peters Post 9/11’. Access: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural and Policy Studies, 21 (1): 75 – 90, April.

Olssen, M. (2002) ‘Citizenship, Difference and Education’, in David Scott and Helen Lawson (eds.) Citizenship Education and the Curriculum, pp. 7 - 26. London and New York: Greenwood Press. [Series: International Perspectives on Curriculum]

Olssen, M (2002) ‘Michel Foucault as ‘Thin’ Communitarian: Difference, Community, Democracy’, Cultural Studies --Critical Methodologies, 2 (4): 483 - 513, November.

Olssen, M. (2002) ‘The Restructuring of Tertiary Education in New Zealand: Governmentality, Neo-Liberalism, Democracy’, McGill Journal of Education, 37 (1), pp. 57 - 88, Winter.

Olssen, M. ‘Inhibiting Brokerage: the New Right Revolution in New Zealand’, in Norman J. Jackson Engaging and Changing Higher Education Through Brokerage, Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2003, pp. 230 - 233.

Olssen, M.  ‘Arthur Anderson Ltd., Cost-Transaction Economics and Education: the MacDonaldisation Model’, Prospero, 8 (3): 12 - 25, 2002.

Olssen, M.  (2001) The Neo-Liberal Appropriation of Tertiary Education Policy: Accountability, Research and Academic Freedom, New Zealand Association for Research in Education, ‘State of the Art’ Monograph No.8., October 2001, 65 pages. [Research monograph] Olssen, M. (2001) ‘Citizenship and Education: From Alfred Marshall to Iris Marion Young’, Conference Proceedings: Re-Visioning Citizenship for the 21st Century, (22-23 February 2000) eds. Paul Haverman and Gay Morgan, Hamilton: Centre for New Zealand Jurisprudence, School of Law, University of Waikato, pp. 217 - 25, 2001.

Olssen, M. (2001) ‘Citizenship and Education: from Alfred Marshall to Iris Marion Young’, Educational Philosophy and Theory. 33 (1), pp. 77 – 94, February. Olssen, M. (2000) ‘The Neoliberal Appropriation of Education Policy: Some New Zealand Illustrations,’  Access: Critical Perspectives on Cultural and Policy Studies in Education, Vol.19 (2), pp. 9 – 70.

Olssen, M. (2001) ‘Citizenship and Education: from Alfred Marshall to Iris Marion Young’, Educational Philosophy and Theory. 33 (1), pp. 77 – 94, February. Olssen, M. (2000) 'Ethical Liberalism, Education, and the 'New Right’, Journal of Education Policy, 15 (5), pp. 481 - 508, October.

Pre 2000 books, articles, chapters

Olssen, M.  (1999)  'In Defence of the Welfare State and Publicly Provided Education',  in James Marshall and Michael Peters (Eds.) Education Policy, The International Library of Comparative Public Policy, series editor, B. Guy Peters, University of Chicago, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, pp. 338 - 363. [Reprinted from Journal of Education Policy, 11 (3) pp. 337 - 62.]

Olssen, M. (1999) 'Restructuring New Zealand Education: Insights From the Work of Ruth Jonathan', New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies 34 (1) pp.54 - 65, June, 1999. (Special issue, ‘A Decade of Reform in New Zealand Education: Where to Now?’) . Peters, M. and Olssen, M.(1999)  'Compulsory education in a competition state', in Jonathon Boston, Paul Dalziel & Susan St.John (Eds. ), Redesigning  the Welfare State in New Zealand: Problems, Policies, Prospects,  pp. 177 – 196.  Oxford University Press.

Olssen, M. (1998) ‘Education Policy, the Cold War, and the Liberal-Communitarian Debate’, Journal of Education Policy 13 (1), pp.  63 - 89.

Olssen, M. and Morris Matthews, K. (1997) (Eds), Education Policy in New Zealand: The 1990s and Beyond. Palmerston North, The Dunmore Press, 442 pages.

Olssen, M. and Morris Matthews, K. (1997) ‘Introduction’, in M. Olssen and K. Morris Matthews  (eds), Education Policy in New Zealand: The 1990s and Beyond, pp. 7 – 46. Palmerston North:  The Dunmore Press.

Olssen, M. (1997) ‘Reframing Educational Policy: Choice, Rawls, Communitarianism’, in Mark Olssen and Kay Morris Matthews (Eds.), Education Policy in New Zealand: The 1990s and Beyond,  pp. 391 – 428.   Palmerston North:  The Dunmore Press.

Papps, E. and Olssen, M. (1997) Doctoring Childbirth and Regulating Midwifery in New Zealand: A Foucauldian Perspective. Palmerston North: The Dunmore Press, 216 pages, [1997 ‘Best Book Award’  - Auckland Medical Aid Trust].

Olssen, M. (1996) ‘In Defence of the Welfare State and Publicly Provided Education: A New Zealand Perspective’, Journal of Educational Policy 11 (3), pp. 337 - 362, May – June.

Olssen, M. (1996) ‘The Failings of Radical Constructivism: Anti-Realism and Individualism’, British Journal of Educational Studies 44 (3), pp. 275 – 295.

Olssen, M. (1996) ‘Neoliberalism and the Welfare State: Prospects for the Year 2000’, Access: Critical Perspectives on Cultural and Policy Studies in Education 15 (1), pp. 1 - 33.

Olssen, M.(1996)  ‘Michel Foucault's Historical Materialism: An Account and Assessment’, in M. Peters, J. Marshall, W. Hope and  S. Webster (Eds.) Critical Theory, Poststructuralism and the Social Context. Palmerston North, Dunmore Press, pp. 82 - 105.

Olssen, M. and Morris Matthews, K. (1995) (Eds.) Proceedings of Special NZARE/RUME Conference on Education Policy, 24 June 1994. Publication titled, Democracy, Reform and Education, 95 pages, Auckland: N. Z. Association for Research in Education/Research Unit for Mäori Education.

Olssen, M., and Morris Matthews, K.. (1995) ‘Education, Democracy and Reform: An introduction’, in M. Olssen and K. Morris-Mathews (Eds.) Proceedings of NZARE/RUME Conference, Auckland: NZARE/RUME, pp. 1 - 13.

Olssen, M. (1995) ‘The Epistemology of Constructivism’, Access: Critical Perspectives on Cultural and Policy Studies in Education 13 (2), pp. 49 – 63. (Special Issue: Constructivism in Science Education).

Olssen, M. (1995) ‘Wittgenstein and Foucault: The Limits and Possibilities of Constructivism’, Access: Critical Perspectives on Cultural and Policy Studies in Education 13 (2), pp. 71 – 78. (Special Issue: Constructivism in Science Education). Olssen, M. (1993) ‘Science and Individualism in Educational Psychology: Problems for Practice and Points of Departure’, Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology 13(2, pp. 155 – 172.

Olssen, M. (1993) ‘Educational Psychology - Its Failings and Some Additional Failings: A Reply to Joshua John Schwieso’, Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology 13 (2), pp. 183 – 186.

[The preceding two papers are part of an exchange entitled ‘Science and Individualism in Educational Psychology: A Discussion’, Educational Psychology, 13 (2), pp. 155 - 189, 1993]