New Public Management and the Reform of Education addresses complex and dynamic changes to public services by focusing on new public management as a major shaper and influencer of educational reforms within, between and across European nation states and policy actors. The contributions to the book are diverse and illustrate the impact of NPM locally but also the interplay between local and European policy spheres.
The book offers:
- A critical overview of NPM through an analysis of debates, projects and policy actors
- A detailed examination of NPM within 10 nation states in Europe
- A robust engagement with the national and European features of NPM as a policy strategy
The book actively contributes to debates and analysis within critical policy studies about the impact and resilience of NPM, and how through a study of educational reforms in a range of political systems with different traditions and purposes a more nuanced and complex picture of NPM can be built.
As such the book not only speaks to educational researchers and professionals within Europe but also to policymakers, and can inform wider education and policy communities internationally.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Gary Anderson
Chapter 1: NPM and educational reform in Europe
Helen M. Gunter, Emiliano Grimaldi, David Hall, Roberto Serpieri
The Liberal State:
Chapter 2: England - permanent instability in the European educational NPM ‘laboratory’
David Hall and Helen M Gunter
The Social-Democratic State:
Chapter 3: Finland – NPM resistance or towards European neo-welfarism in education?
Michael Uljens, Lili-Ann Wolff and Sara Frontini
Chapter 4: Governing by new performance expectations in Norwegian schools
Guri Skedsmo and Jorunn Møller
Chapter 5: Reforming Swedish education through New Public Management and quasi-markets
Nafsika Alexiadou and Lisbeth Lundhal
The Administrative State:
Chapter 6: New Public Management in the French educational system: between affirmation of the state and decentralised governance
Jean-Louis Derouet and Romuald Normand
Chapter 7: NPM and the reculturing of the Italian education system: the making of new fields of visibility
Emiliano Grimaldi, Paolo Landri and Roberto Serpieri
Chapter 8: The dissemination and adoption of NPM ideas in Catalan education: a cultural political economy approach
Antoni Verger and Marta Curran
The Post-Communist State:
Chapter 9: New Public Management in Czech education: From the side road to the highway?
Arnošt Veselý, Jan Kohoutek and Stanislav Štech.
Chapter 10: Elements of New Public Management in the context of the Hungarian education system, 1990-2010
Anna Imre and Ágnes Fazekas
Chapter 11: New Headteacher roles following the decentralisation of Romanian Education
Chapter 12: NPM and the dynamics of education policy and practice in Europe
Helen M Gunter, Emiliano Grimaldi, David Hall, Roberto Serpieri
Helen M. Gunter is Professor of Education Policy in The Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester, UK.
Emiliano Grimaldi is Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
David Hall is Professor of Education Policy in The Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester, UK.
Roberto Serpieri is Professor of Sociology of Education in the Department of Social Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, Italy.