Western politicians consider that leadership is essential for the delivery of educational reform. This important and timely book examines how leaders, leading and leadership became the dominant theme in education. It presents an analysis of the relationship between the state, public policy and the types of knowledge that New Labour used to make policy and break professional cultures. It is essential reading for all those interested in public policy, education policy, and debates about governance and will be of interest to policymakers, researchers and educational professionals.
Helen M. Gunter is Professor of Education Policy, Leadership and Management in the School of Education, University of Manchester, and is Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. Her main research interests are in knowledge production and education policy.
The leadership industry; Policy landscapes; Institutionalised governance; The game in play; Knowledge and knowing; Professional practice; Contradictions and consequences; New games?
"This book is a welcomed consideration of the field of education leadership and management ... It is concisely written with each point being carefully argued and supported by reference to existing research and scholarship." British Journal of Educational Studies
"Thirty years of Neoliberal policies and the imposition of a business culture has dramatically shifted the professional role of educational leaders. Helen Gunter provides a map for exploring this important new terrain in educational leadership." Gary L. Anderson, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University.