Governing Education in England and France

Alistair Mark COLE, Peter John

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This article investigates changes in educational governance in England and France. Paradigms of new governance are required to make sense of organisational complexity in both countries. English-style educational governance encompasses new forms of central steering, private techniques of public management, a culture of consumer-led evaluation, and new (bounded) forms of school autonomy. French-style educational governance is exemplified by organisational change, enhanced political and administrative decentralisation, the growth of educational partnerships and the circulation of new policy ideas. National administrative, institutional and political traditions provide conceptual lenses to understand change, but the two countries share common ground on many substantive issues of policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-125
Number of pages20
JournalPublic Policy and Administration
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2001

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration


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