Introducing managerialism into national educational contexts through pseudo-conflict: A discursive institutionalist analysis
Amit Avigur-Eshel, Sapir College, Israel ; Izhak Berkovich, The Open University of Israel, Israel
International Journal of Educational Development Volume 68, Number 1, ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This article provides a fresh perspective on the introduction of global ideas, particularly managerialism, into national educational settings, based on insights of the discursive institutionalism approach. We argue that this introduction may occur as various policy actors promote different versions of managerialism, leading to a debate between education policy actors holding common managerialist assumptions and beliefs, in other words, a pseudo-conflict. The result is a conflict over education policy that is strictly bounded by shared assumptions and beliefs. We analyze the discourse of leading policy actors during two consecutive tenures of Israeli Education Ministers (2009–2013, 2013–2015), using parliamentary protocols and press interviews.
Avigur-Eshel, A. & Berkovich, I. (2019). Introducing managerialism into national educational contexts through pseudo-conflict: A discursive institutionalist analysis. International Journal of Educational Development, 68(1), 1-8. Elsevier Ltd.