Translations of New Public Management: A decentred approach to school governance in four OECD countries

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Wilkins, A., Collet-Sabé, Jordi, Gobby, Brad and Hangartner, Judith 2019. Translations of New Public Management: A decentred approach to school governance in four OECD countries. Globalisation, Societies and Education. 17 (2), pp. 147-160.
AuthorsWilkins, A., Collet-Sabé, Jordi, Gobby, Brad and Hangartner, Judith
Abstract

The influence of New Public Management (NPM) on public sector organisation is nowhere more evident or pervasive than in the field of school governance where political actors, school leaders and governors are called upon to make the internal operation of the school more transparent and accountable to others through the explicitness of performance indicators and output measurements. Yet despite the prevalence of corporate and performative models of school governance within and across different education systems, there are various cases of uneven, hybrid expressions of NPM that reveal the contingency of global patterns of rule in the context of changing political-administrative structures. Adopting a ‘decentred approach’ to governance (Bevir 2010), this paper compares the development of NPM in four OECD countries: Australia, England, Spain, and Switzerland. A focus of the paper is how certain policy instruments are created and sustained within highly differentiated geo-political settings and through different multi-scalar actors and authorities yet modified to reflect established traditions and practices. The result is a nuanced account of the complex terrain on which NPM is grafted onto and translated to reflect inherited institutional landscapes and political settlements and dilemmas.

JournalGlobalisation, Societies and Education
Journal citation17 (2), pp. 147-160
ISSN1476-7724
Year2019
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/14767724.2019.1588102
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1080/14767724.2019.1588102
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Online07 Mar 2019
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Deposited01 Mar 2019
Accepted25 Feb 2019
Accepted25 Feb 2019
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Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Globalisation, Societies and Education on 07/03/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14767724.2019.1588102.
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