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Leadership and the Reform of Education$
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Helen Gunter

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427670

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427670.001.0001

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Regimes of practice

Regimes of practice

(p.75) Five Regimes of practice
Leadership and the Reform of Education

Helen M. Gunter

Policy Press

Chapter 4 provided an explanation of how public institutions inter-relate with elite private interests. The processes by which people within and outside of government exchange knowledge, know-how and vouch for each other are through regimes of practice. Two regimes are identified: the New Labour Policy Regime is made up of ministers, civil servants, consultants, researchers and professionals, and they played the leadership of schools game, decided the rules and who entered and who was excluded. The Policy Research Regime is made up of researchers and professionals who work on public policy research and seek to understand and explain government policy, and also develop alternative approaches. In between is a space occupied by those on the fringes of both of these regimes. This School Leadership activity has the potential to be a regime, but it is in decline. The position of the National College in these regimes is examined.

Keywords:   regimes of practice, New Labour, policy research regime, epistemic groups, School Leadership activity

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