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Networks, new governance and education

Networks, new governance and education

Stephen J. Ball
Carolina Junemann
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    Networks, new governance and education
    Book Description:

    The public sector is going through a period of fundamental change. Service delivery, policy making and policy processes are being carried out by new actors and organisations with new interests, methods and discourses, related to the emergence of new forms of governance. This timely book from bestselling author Stephen Ball and Carolina Junemann uses network analysis and interviews with key actors to address these changes, with a particular focus on education and the increasingly important role of new philanthropy. Critically engaging with the burgeoning literature on new governance, they present a new method for researching governance - network ethnography- which allows identification of the increasing influence of finance capital and education businesses in policy and public service delivery. In a highly original and very topical analysis of the practical workings of the Third Way and the Big Society, the book will be useful to practicing social and education policy analysts and theorists and ideal supplementary reading for students and researchers of social and education policy.

    eISBN: 978-1-84742-981-0
    Subjects: Education

Table of Contents

  1. List of figures, tables and boxes
    (pp. iv-iv)
  2. ONE Policy networks and new governance
    (pp. 1-18)

    The focus of this book is on ongoing and related changes in education policy, policy networks and governance in England; in particular, the increasing participation of philanthropy and business in policy and service delivery. In this chapter we will sketch out the conceptual terrain across which our analysis moves and introduce some of the key ideas that we draw upon and deploy later. However, this is neither an exhaustive review of the literatures on policy networks and network governance nor an attempt to engage in the arcane and internecine debates and struggles with which the governance research literature is riven....

  3. TWO Education, network governance and public sector reform
    (pp. 19-46)

    In this chapter we will trace some of the developments and changes in forms of governance in England as these relate to the public sector, and specifically education through New Labour (1997–2010) and into Coalition policy (2010–): that is, from the ‘Third Way’ to the ‘Big Society’, from government to governance. These changes are multifaceted and multi–scalar and they work at different levels and move at different speeds. They rest upon both structural reconfiguration, the displacement of some actors and organisations and the introduction of others, and the introduction of new working relationships, incentives and subjectivities. They...

  4. THREE ‘New’ philanthropy, social enterprise and public policy
    (pp. 47-76)

    In this chapter we will explore some of the contemporary entanglements of ‘new’ philanthropy with social and education policy and, concomitantly, some of the ways in which:

    commercial enterprises increasingly perform tasks that were once considered to reside within the civic domain of moral entrepreneurship and the political domain of the caring welfare state, dispensing social goods other than profits to constituencies other than their shareholders. (Shamir, 2008, p 2)

    The chapter is apot pourriorganised around the theme of enterprise and the discourse of enterprise: enterprise in philanthropy, philanthropy and the enterprise curriculum, and philanthropy and social enterprise....

  5. FOUR Policy influence, boundary spanners and policy discourses
    (pp. 77-104)

    This chapter will return to some of the issues signalled in Chapter one as we attempt to visualise and actualise policy networks, to get inside them and examine how they work. As noted, one of the key issues in research on policy networks is the exercise and effects of ‘influence’. That is, how do we map and specify relations of power in policy networks? How do we capture asymmetries of power within networks? This chapter will concentrate on the actors and interactions within and across a set of philanthropic networks and look at ‘opportunities’ within them for influence on the...

  6. FIVE New policy lions: ARK, Teach First and the New Schools Network
    (pp. 105-128)

    As noted in previous chapters, new philanthropies provided New Labour with opportunities for policy ‘experiments’ – new policy ideas, new ways of doing policy, introducing new policy actors. These new methods and several of the new actors are being taken up and taken further by the Coalition government – for example in legislation to allow for the creation of parent-led and so-called ‘Free Schools’.

    This chapter will address some of the sorts of ‘new’ actors, both organisations and people, involved in the processes of new governance and the relationships these have to the state and its project of selftransformation and the reform...

  7. SIX Networks, heterarchies and governance – and the beginning of the end of state education?
    (pp. 129-144)

    In this chapter we will draw together some of the main themes and issues addressed in the previous chapters and return to some key questions and difficulties signalled previously. In particular we seek to answer, or at least tackle, the very basic questions invested in the object of this analysis – network governance. That is, can we make a case for the shift from government to governance, at least in relation to education, and thus can we distinguish between networks and network governance (Parker, 2007, p 114)? Concomitantly, can we specify the work of network governance in relation to the examples...

  8. APPENDIX: Research interviews
    (pp. 145-146)