Governing by inspection? European inspectorates and the creation of a European education policy space

Sotiria Grek, Martin Lawn, Jenny Ozga*, Christina Segerholm

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This paper draws on the first, completed phase of a research project on inspection as governing in three European inspection systems. The data presented here draw attention to the rather under-researched associational activities of European inspectorates and their developing practices of policy learning and exchange, and highlight their significance as contributing to an emergent European Education Policy Space (EEPS). The paper is framed by original approaches to inspection that locate it as a set of governing practices, connected to changing governing forms and the growth of networks of relationships and flows of data across Europe. Comparisons are drawn between the relationships with Europe of inspectorates in Scotland, Sweden and England, drawing on Jacobsson's conceptualisation of regulative, inquisitive and meditative governance as a framing device.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-502
Number of pages17
JournalComparative Education
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013

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