New Public Management and the Reform of Education addresses complex and dynamic changes to public services by focusing on new public management as a major shaper and influencer of educational reforms within, between and across European nation states and policy actors. The contributions to the book are diverse and illustrate the impact of NPM locally but also the interplay between local and European policy spheres.

The book offers:

  • A critical overview of NPM through an analysis of debates, projects and policy actors
  • A detailed examination of NPM within 10 nation states in Europe
  • A robust engagement with the national and European features of NPM as a policy strategy

The book actively contributes to debates and analysis within critical policy studies about the impact and resilience of NPM, and how through a study of educational reforms in a range of political systems with different traditions and purposes a more nuanced and complex picture of NPM can be built.

As such the book not only speaks to educational researchers and professionals within Europe but also to policymakers, and can inform wider education and policy communities internationally.


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chapter 1|16 pages

NPM and educational reform in Europe

ByHelen M. Gunter, Emiliano Grimaldi, David Hall, Roberto Serpieri

part |2 pages

Part I The liberal state

chapter 2|16 pages

England: Permanent instability in the European educational NPM ‘laboratory’

ByDavid Hall, Helen M. Gunter

part |2 pages

Part II The social democratic state

chapter 3|14 pages

Finland: NPM resistance or towards European neo-welfarism in education?

ByMichael Uljens, Lili-Ann Wolff, Sara Frontini

chapter 4|13 pages

Governing by new performance expectations in Norwegian schools

ByGuri Skedsmo, Jorunn Møller

chapter 5|15 pages

Reforming Swedish education through New Public Management and quasi-markets

ByNafsika Alexiadou, Lisbeth Lundahl

part |2 pages

Part III The administrative state

part |2 pages

Part IV The post-communist state

chapter 9|14 pages

New Public Management in Czech education: From the side road to the highway?

ByArnošt Veselý, Jan Kohoutek, Stanislav Štech

chapter 11|15 pages

New head teacher roles following the decentralization of Romanian education

ByAna-Cristina Popescu

chapter |2 pages


chapter 12|13 pages

NPM and the dynamics of education policy and practice in Europe

ByHelen M. Gunter, Emiliano Grimaldi, David Hall, Roberto Serpieri