ERIC Number: ED218752
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Politics of Organizational Reform: An Exploratory Study of the Effects of Corporate Management on Selected Aspects of the Education Service in English Local Government.
Housego, Ian E.
In 1974 local government in England underwent external and internal reform. The external reforms involved changes in governmental structures and functions, while the internal reforms involved the introduction of "corporate management," a concept stressing more centralized administration and fewer local executive bodies. This paper first traces the development of these reforms before describing the effects of the reforms on educational services in one newly created county, Ridleyshire. Using document analysis and interviews with senior education officials and school heads, the case study looks at the areas of educational objectives, policy planning, policy implementation and management, and performance review processes. The findings indicate, despite the intent of the reforms, that educational objectives are determined and planning performed by appointed education officials, not elected members of county committees; that policy implementation and management are delegated to appointed officials; and that performance reviews have not been carried out. Comparison of these findings with those from an earlier study of four governmental districts reveals that the reforms' impacts were the same in both cases. In his conclusion, the author speculates on the reasons for the failure to install corporate management as envisioned under the reforms. (Author/RW)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Centralization, Comparative Analysis, Educational Administration, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Governmental Structure, Local Government, Organizational Change, Policy Formation, Program Evaluation
Not available separately; see EA 014 774.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: England (Ridleyshire); Policy Implementation; Politics of Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 104, 1981).