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Corporate Elites and the Reform of Public Education$
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Helen M. Gunter, David Hall, and Michael W. Apple

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326809

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326809.001.0001

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The business of governorship: corporate elitism in public education

The business of governorship: corporate elitism in public education

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(p.161) Eleven The business of governorship: corporate elitism in public education
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Corporate Elites and the Reform of Public Education
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Andrew Wilkins

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447326809.003.0012

This chapter draws on primary data that details how school governors in England are being trained and responsibilised in new ways to enhance the integrity of market-based developments in public education. I consider the extent to which corporate strategies are evident in the kinds of everyday work engaged with and produced by agents of school governance, namely school governors. Moreover, I explore whether ‘corporate elitism’ – the capacity and willingness of school governing bodies to reconstitute themselves in the image of corporate boards – is implicit to decisions concerning who and why certain people get to enter governance roles, and consider the implications of these reforms for any robust, democratic system of school governance.

Keywords:   governance, corporatisation, depoliticization, marketisation, neoliberalism, democracy

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