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The politics of educational policy making under New Labour: an illustration of shifts in public service governance

Exley, Sonia (2012) The politics of educational policy making under New Labour: an illustration of shifts in public service governance. Policy and Politics, 40 (2). pp. 227-244. ISSN 0305-5736

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Abstract

This article draws on data from a study carried out on the evolution of specialist schools under New Labour in England in order to illustrate changes in educational governance. Shifts in policy-making power are highlighted, away from increasingly marginalised traditional corporatist partners, towards 'denocracy' (Seldon, 2004) or greater political centralisation. 'Presidentialisation' under Prime Minister Tony Blair was accompanied by fast-growing policy networks, lending legitimacy to centralised policy ideas while intensifying connections and blurring lines between state and non-state. However, while spaces and sites for policy activity became more extensive, they remained exclusive, with insiders and outsiders clearly defined.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.policypress.co.uk/journals_pap.asp
Additional Information: © 2012 The Policy Press
Library of Congress subject classification: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2012 10:29
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/44897/

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