Evaluation and its politics: trade unions and education reform in Greece

Traianou, Anna. 2023. Evaluation and its politics: trade unions and education reform in Greece. Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508 [Article] (In Press)

Evaluation and its politics trade unions and education reform in Greece.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial.

Download (734kB) | Preview

Abstract or Description

The implementation of global teacher and school evaluation reform has often been contentious, in ways that differ according to national context. Teacher trade unions have frequently been active opponents of reform but their strategies and motivations have been relatively little studied. This article examines evaluation reform in Greece and the role of teacher trade unions in contesting it. It situates current collisions over policy in the context of Greek politico-administrative traditions, of past relations between unions and governments and of the austerity that followed post-2010 structural adjustment programmes. It places education policy change in the broader context of state reformation and contributes to understanding its inherent politics. Working with insights from Nicos Poulantzas, it identifies evaluation reform as a restructuring of the Greek state, where relationships between central authority and political actors such as unions have been reset, weakening the position of the latter. Drawing from interviews with union representatives, it analyses their reading of policy change and the dilemmas that faced them in responding to evaluation policies. In doing so, it points out the political role of teacher trade unions in both historical and contemporary terms while also highlighting the uncertainty of their response to evaluation reform.

Item Type:


Identification Number (DOI):


Additional Information:

The work was supported by the BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants, [SRG1819\191004].


Trade unions; state forms and social conflicts; structural reforms; Greek education policy; teacher and school evaluation

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies
Educational Studies > Centre for Identities and Social Justice


16 March 2023Accepted
22 March 2023Published Online

Item ID:


Date Deposited:

23 Mar 2023 08:32

Last Modified:

23 Mar 2023 08:38

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.



View statistics for this item...

Edit Record Edit Record (login required)