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Title: Networks, governance and leadership : education reform in England
Author: Nikita, Dimitra Pavlina
ISNI:       0000 0004 7659 7683
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis is a study of governance structures, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, a study of technologies, tools and programmes of governing the people and their conduct. Two ontologically and epistemologically different approaches to 'governance', a top-down approach pertinent to the role of the state and the emergence of markets and networks, and a post-structural neoFoucauldian understanding of governmentality, are employed in exploring new state modalities and capabilities. Starting from the Academies Programme as the main policy and looking into profiles of academy sponsors, a network ethnography aims to unravel the capillaries that connect state departments and agencies with new philanthropic organisations, venture philanthropists, and third sector organisations. The primary aim is to understand the content and nature of these connections, that is to understand how they link and work together and why. New structures and rationales of governance come here to the surface: education is driven by the principles of competition and entrepreneurial spirit while an existing market of services is expanding. A secondary level of analysis reveals how the language and the tools employed by the new governance players promote a set of tools and technologies, such as 'impact' and 'professional development' that aim to govern the people at the grassroots level of education. While links and tools are explored across the whole network, one particular node of this network, the Academies Show, provides a space where different governance structures and different governmentalities converge and are played out. Ultimately, this thesis aims to explore and understand neoliberalism not merely as an economic, political and ideological project but also as a governmental project, that enables new tools and programmes of governing the people.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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