Translations of new public management: a decentred approach to school governance in four OECD countries

Wilkins, Andrew; Collet-Sabé, Jordi; Gobby, Brad and Hangartner, Judith. 2019. Translations of new public management: a decentred approach to school governance in four OECD countries. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 17(2), pp. 147-160. ISSN 1476-7724 [Article]

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Despite the prevalence of corporate and performative models of school governance within and across different education systems, there are various cases of uneven, hybrid expressions of New Public Management (NPM) that reveal the contingency of global patterns of rule. Adopting a ‘decentred approach’ to governance (Bevir, M. 2010. “Rethinking Governmentality: Towards Genealogies of Governance.” European Journal of Social Theory 13 (4): 423–441), this paper compares the development of NPM in four OECD countries: Australia, England, Spain, and Switzerland. A focus of the paper is how certain policy instruments are created and sustained within highly differentiated geo-political settings and through different multi-scalar actors and authorities yet modified to reflect established traditions and practices.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Globalisation, Societies and Education on 07/03/2019, available online:


School governance, globalisation, new public management, policy translation, decentred approach

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Educational Studies


25 February 2019Accepted
7 March 2019Published Online

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05 Nov 2019 16:17

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11 Jun 2021 09:56

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