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Political Approaches to Educational Administration and Leadership

1st Edition

Edited by Eugenie A. Samier, with Adam G. Stanley


320 pages

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This collection explores the political philosophy and theory foundations for educational administration and leadership as they influence our understanding, analysis and practice in the field. The first section, "Political Philosophy: The Foundations," discusses the work of such writers as Machiavelli, Kant and Hegel, Hayek, Habermas, and Bourdieu as their theories apply to the educational context. The second section, "Political Analysis: The Critique," examines various types of political analyses, such as the politics of the policy process, minority politics, civil society, micro-politics, community politics, and cosmopolitan theory. The last section, "Current Political Controversies: The Practice," addresses current topical issues of a political nature, including the serving of the state economic agenda, the democratisation of educational organisations, the neo-conservative agenda, and globalisation. The broad international perspective from which these topics are covered makes this volume an excellent addition to the fields of educational leadership, organizational studies, and educational administration theory.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Eugenie A. Samier Part I: Political Philosophy: The Foundations 2. Beyond Foxes and Lions: Machiavelli’s Discourse on Power and Leadership Andrea Migone 3. Administration as a Humanistic Pursuit: Kant and Hegel on the Political Critique of Educational Administration Eugenie A. Samier 4. On Jürgen Habermas’ Critical Theory and the Political Dimensions of Educational Administration Peter Milley 5. Hayek, Leadership, and Learning Peter Gronn 6. Bourdieu’s Distinctions of Taste, Talent, and Power: Bridging Political Fields and Administrative Practice Carol E. Harris 7. Hermeneutic Leadership: Hannah Arendt and the Importance of Thinking What we are Doing Stephanie Mackler 8. Democratic Ideals, Ethics, Foucault, and the Hegemony of Modern Thought in American Education: A Critical Enquiry Charles J. Fazzaro PART II: Political Analysis: The Critique 9. Risky Policy Processes: Accountability and School Leadership Michèle Schmidt 10. Putting Alternative Perspectives to Work in the Politics of Education Michelle D. Young and Gerardo R. López 11. The Politics of Civil Society and the Possibility of Change: A Speculation on Leadership in Education Richard Bates 12. The Politics of Education in Museums Read M. Diket 13. The Politics of Community Renewal and Educational Reform: School Improvement in Areas of Social Disadvantage Lawrence Angus PART III: Current Political Controversies: The Practice 14. At the Service of the (Restructured) State: Principal’s Work and Neo-liberal Ideology Janice Wallace 15. Listening to Student Voice in the Democratisation of Schooling John Smyth 16. The New McCarthyism: The Right Wing’s Assault on American Educational Thought Fenwick W. English 17. Supranational Organisations and their Impact upon Nation State Education: The Case of the International Monetary Fund Michael Bottery

About the Editors

Eugenie A. Samier is a Senior Lecturer and coordinator of the EdD program at the British University in Dubai, and an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. She is also editor of Ethical Foundations for Educational Administration and principal editor of Aesthetic Dimensions of Educational Administration and Leadership. Her research interests are in administrative and leadership philosophy and theory, particularly in ethics and aesthetic critiques.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

Please send inquiries or proposals for this series to one of the following:

Will Bateman: [email protected] – Editor, UK and Rest of World

Elsbeth Wright: [email protected] – Editor, North & South America

Vilija Stephens: [email protected] – Editor, Australia & New Zealand

Katie Peace: [email protected] – Publisher, Asia


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Leadership