Think tanks, edu-businesses and education policy: issues of evidence, expertise and influence

Thompson, Greg, Savage, Glenn C. and Lingard, Bob (2015) Think tanks, edu-businesses and education policy: issues of evidence, expertise and influence. The Australian Educational Researcher, 43 1: 1-13. doi:10.1007/s13384-015-0195-y

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Author Thompson, Greg
Savage, Glenn C.
Lingard, Bob
Title Think tanks, edu-businesses and education policy: issues of evidence, expertise and influence
Journal name The Australian Educational Researcher   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0311-6999
2210-5328
Publication date 2015-12-17
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s13384-015-0195-y
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 43
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper conceptualises think tanks and edu-businesses in relation to education policy work in the Australian polity. It situates the enhanced influence of both in relation to the restructured state, which has lost some key capacities in relation to the generation of research and ideas for policy. This restructuring has been strongly influenced by the techniques of new public management, the auditing of education through national and international testing and new forms of network governance, which have opened up spaces for the increased influence of think tanks and edu-businesses across the policy cycle in education. We see here the workings of a ‘polycentric state’. The paper also considers changing concepts of ‘evidence’, ‘expertise’ and ‘influence’ in respect of the involvement of think tanks and edu-businesses in circulating policy ideas and affecting policy development in Australian education. This introduction to this special issue of The Australian Educational Researcher serves as a provocation to further research on this new policy scenario
Keyword Think tanks
Edu-businesses
Restructured state
Evidence
Expertise
Influence
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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