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1st Edition

Political Approaches to Educational Administration and Leadership

ISBN 9780415897402
Published May 6, 2011 by Routledge
330 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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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.