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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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Corporate Elites and the Reform of Public Education

Andrew Wilkins

Policy Press

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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