How Framing Transforms Governance: Public Dispute over the Closure of Three Small Schools in a Rural Community

  • Marta Strumińska-Kutra


The case illustrates how governance is interpreted and enacted through the lens of old, dominant institutional logics. In the analysis of empirical data three frames are distinguished: a legalist frame organizing the perception of participation around legal rules and procedures, a managerialist frame using private sector-inspired rhetoric, and a frame of representative democracy attributing responsibility for decision-making and problem-solving to elected officials and councillors. It is shown how, with the use of these frames, decision-makers systematically exclude dissenting voices, thus turning the decision-making process into a linear procedure where everything is known and planned beforehand. Within this process, there is no place for reflection and governance learning. Eventually governance ended up as an institution reduced to a quasi opinion survey.


Framing Institutional logic Governance practice Public services delegation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marta Strumińska-Kutra
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  1. 1.Kozminski UniversityWarsawPoland
  2. 2.VID Specialized UniversityOsloNorway

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