Education, network governance and public sector reform

Stephen J. Ball and Carolina Junemann

in Networks, new governance and education

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9781847429803
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307617 | DOI:
Education, network governance and public sector reform

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In this chapter some of the developments and changes in forms of governance in England are traced as these relate to the public sector and specifically education through New Labour into Coalition policy. That is, from the ‘Third Way’ to the ‘Big Society’. The move from government to governance is multi-faceted and multi-scalar. It involves shifts and changes at different levels, moving at different speeds. It rests upon both structural reconfiguration, the displacement of some actors and organisations and the introduction of others, and new working relationships, incentives and subjectivities. It replaces bureaucracy with management and leadership, service with ‘quality’ and ‘excellence’, professionalism with enterprise, and importantly, ‘commitment’ with contract. It is a move towards a ‘differentiated polity’ (Bache, 2003).

Keywords: Third Way; Big Society; governance; subjectivity; enterprise; contract

Chapter.  10426 words.  Illustrated.

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