The SAGE Handbook of School Organization presents a substantial review of the history, current status and future prospects of the field of school organization. Bringing together chapters exploring key issues, important debates and points of tension, the Handbook highlights the dynamics and interplay of the political, social, historical and cultural contexts of the field. This volume is designed to provide a much-needed critically informed and coherent account of the field, against a backdrop of increasing complexity in which schooling as an institution and schools as organizations operate. Part I: Schools as organizations; Part II: The leadership, management and governance of schools as organizations; Part III: Theoretical perspectives on schools as organizations; Part IV: Organizing in schools; and Part V: Researching schools as organizations.

Assembling Schools as Organizations: On the Limits and Contradictions of Neoliberalism
Assembling Schools as Organizations: On the Limits and Contradictions of Neoliberalism
Andrew Wilkins
Introduction

Neoliberalism has emerged as a broad descriptor or master narrative for situating education settings and processes within wider political and economic trends linked to the expansion of certain policy paradigms shaping public sector reform, namely marketization, privatization, competition, and de-democratization. The aim of this chapter is to explore a range of arguments and perspectives that make use of neoliberalism as a conceptual tool and normative description to theorizing schools as organizations and school systems more generally, while at the same time pointing to the complications and limitations inherent to such theorizing.

There is no doubt that neoliberalism is a ...

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