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Governing by Inspection

1st Edition

Edited by Sotiria Grek, Joakim Lindgren


196 pages

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In recent decades, governing practices in education have become highly contradictory: deregulation and decentralisation are accompanied by re-regulation and increased centralisation, contributing to considerable governing tensions in and across different national systems and within the emergent European education policy space. On the one hand there is the persistence of performance monitoring through target-setting, indicators and benchmarks, and on the other, the promotion of self-evaluation and ‘light touch’ regulation that express a ‘softer’ governance turn, and promote self-regulation as the best basis for constant improvement.

Drawing on research undertaken into three national systems, this edited volume explores the attempts to manage these tensions in Europe through the development of inspection as a governing practice. Inspectorates and inspectors offer key locations for the exploration of governing tensions, positioned as they are between the international, the national, and the local and institutional, and with responsibility for both regulation and development. All three national systems offer contrasting approaches to inspection, all of which have changed considerably in recent years.

Governing by Inspection positions inspection in the framework of changing education policy and politics, and in a period of intensive policy development and exchange in Europe. It will be key reading for academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of education, political science and social policy.

Table of Contents

Introduction Sotiria Grek and Joakim Lindgren 1. Inspections: Governing at a Distance John Clarke 2. Neo-liberal Agenda(s) in Education Jenny Ozga and Christina Segerholm 3. Inspectors in Europe: SICI and the Role of Meditative Work Sotiria Grek 4. The History and Development of the Inspectorates in England, Sweden and Scotland Jenny Ozga, Christina Segerholm and Martin Lawn 5. Regulatory Frameworks: Shifting Frameworks, Shifting Criteria Jacqueline Baxter, Sotiria Grek, Christina Segerholm 6. The New Local: System Shifts and School Inspection Martin Lawn, Jacqueline Baxter, Sotiria Grek and Christina Segerholm 7. Inspection and Emotion: The Role of Affective Governing Sotiria Grek, Joakim Lindgren and John Clarke 8. The Vocabulary of Inspection John Clarke and Joakim Lindgren 9. Inspection and the Media: The Media and Inspection Jacqueline Baxter and Linda Rönnberg 10. Why Inspect? Europe, Knowledge and Neo-liberal Narratives Sotiria Grek and Joakim Lindgren Appendix: A Note on Methodology and Methods Jenny Ozga and Christina Segerholm

About the Editors

Sotiria Grek is Lecturer in Social Policy at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Joakim Lindgren is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Education, Umeå University, Sweden.

About the Series

Studies in European Education

The European dimensions of education constitute a field of growing distinctiveness and importance, with a speed, scale and complexity, reflecting the rise of international and transnational policies, and flows of data and public and private experts around Europe.

The European Policy Space for Education describes the emergence of a dense web of relations, data and people. Its speed and scale has been transformed by the push for a competitive Europe through the Lisbon Process, and by using a common set of benchmarks and networks, to governing Europe education through comparison.

The Series intends to create a space for scholars of European education policies and politics, in education studies, political science, sociology and European integration studies, and to develop interpretive studies about new European institutions, and the interplay between policy-makers, stakeholders and experts. The Series encourages research on education and its links with mobility, migration, finance, standardization and norms, knowledge and governing, and new technologies and software.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Comparative