Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Managerialism and Education

  • Patrick Fitzsimons
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_341


 Efficiency;  Governmentality;  Markets;  Management;  Power;  Privatization

One of the features of contemporary Western society is the tendency under neoliberal philosophy to define social, economic, and political issues, as problems to be resolved through management. Under neoliberalism, there is also a generalized governmental concern to promote efficiency in what were previously nongovernmental spheres – i.e., in self-constitution – and that includes redefining the cultural as the economic. During recent decades, these developments have been associated with the introduction of managerialism as a new mode of governance under the restructured public sectors of many Western societies. The restructuring has involved the reform of education in which there has been a significant shift away from an emphasis on administration and policy to an emphasis on management. This form of managerialism is known as new public management(NPM) and has been very influential in the United...

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  1. 1.Independent ResearcherAucklandNew Zealand