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Educational Governance Research

Nordic Superintendents: Agents in a Broken Chain

Editors: Moos, Lejf, Nihlfors, Elisabet, Paulsen, Jan Merok (Eds.)

  • Demonstrates how superintendents are increasingly by-passed in the chain of educational governance
  • Provides case studies on how Nordic superintendents are losing ground in the chain of educational governance
  • Shows how municipal governance is shifting from the democratic sphere towards an administrative sphere
  • Discusses the implications of superintendents being drawn into a performativity culture
  • Reflects Nordic superintendents in an international perspective
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This book analyses the superintendent position and relations and shows how the well-known policy umbrella, the New Public Management (NPM), is being adapted to national contexts. School superintendents are civil servants at the heart of the governance of municipal education. Educational governance in the Nordic countries - Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden - is currently undergoing comprehensive restructuring and reconceptualisation at the hands of national governments influenced by transnational agencies. Our analyses of the superintendent position and relations show that the well-known policy umbrella, the New Public Management (NPM), is moving towards focusing on soft governance and social technologies as the preferred means of influences. Thus we rename it New Public Governance (NPG).

Reviews

“The education systems of the Nordic countries – with their traditional commitment to Bildung, their conscious preparation of students for life in a democracy and their constant strivings for equality - have much to teach the rest of the world. Superintendents have been key players in fashioning these attributes.” (Peter Mortimore, Professor Emeritus, Richmond, England)

“One of many important conclusions of the book concerns the emptying of local democratic governing and influ­ence that has taken place in most of the studied countries (Finland being the notable excep­tion) when the local political level is bypassed in various ways ... .” (Lisbeth Lundahl, Professor, Umeå University, Sweden)

“Critical skills needed at the level of policymaking and its effects on implementation don’t lie in “knowing the right answers, but asking the right questions”. The right questions give rise to salient and insightful answers.” (Catherine Odora Hoppers, South African Research Chair in Development Education, University of South Africa)

“The authors of this compelling volume have lived the history of change and the tightening grip of a performativity culture. Historically, a signal strength of Nordic schools has been lateral support and collegiality.” (John MacBeath, Professor Emeritus, Cambridge, England)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Directions for Our Investigation of the Chain of Governance and the Agents

    Moos, Lejf (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • Danish Superintendents as Players in Multiple Networks

    Moos, Lejf (et al.)

    Pages 25-63

  • Finnish Superintendents Are Striving with a Changing Operational Environment

    Risku, Mika (et al.)

    Pages 65-98

  • Norwegian Superintendents Are Mediators in the Governance Chain

    Paulsen, Jan Merok (et al.)

    Pages 99-138

  • Superintendents in Sweden: Structures, Cultural Relations and Leadership

    Johansson, Olof (et al.)

    Pages 139-173

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-25106-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-25104-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nordic Superintendents: Agents in a Broken Chain
Editors
  • Lejf Moos
  • Elisabet Nihlfors
  • Jan Merok Paulsen
Series Title
Educational Governance Research
Series Volume
2
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-25106-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-25106-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-25104-2
Series ISSN
2365-9548
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 334
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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