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Varjo, Janne; Kalalahti, Mira – Education Inquiry, 2019
Since the 1980s, numerous education reforms in Europe and beyond have sought to dismantle centralised bureaucracies and replace them with devolved systems of schooling that emphasise parental choice and competition between diversified types of schools. Despite this general trend, Finland continues to emphasise the municipal assignment of school…
Descriptors: Municipalities, Educational Change, School Choice, Administrative Organization
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Lindgren, Lena; Hanberger, Anders; Lundström, Ulf – Education Inquiry, 2016
Evaluation systems of various types are an integral part of a country's education policy space, within which they are supposed to have the basic functions of enhancing accountability and supporting school development. Here we argue that in a crowded policy space evaluation systems may interfere with each other in a way that can have unintended…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Accountability, Evaluation Methods, School Effectiveness
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Arnesen, Anne-Lise – Education Inquiry, 2011
In this article, inclusive education is analysed from the perspective of the interlinked, dynamic relationship between international neo-liberal movements and national policies and practices. The aim is to explore the significance of "competence" in recent Norwegian reforms and the changing position attributed to inclusion. The analysis…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries
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Rönnberg, Linda – Education Inquiry, 2011
This article focuses on the role of the state in the context of an increasing market orientation in Swedish education policy. It asks if and how a market orientation and privatisation can be reconciled with attempts to reestablish central output control. The controlling function of the state is emphasised in the form of efforts to inspect both…
Descriptors: Marketing, Inspection, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries