skape

The travelling inspector? Education policy and the making of Europe

The travelling inspector is a new phenomenon –although education in Europe has always ‘travelled’, inspectors were firmly rooted and derived influence from their local and authoritative standing as education ‘connoisseurs’. However the creation of SICI, the Standing International Conference of Inspectorates 20 years ago and its increasing influence in bringing school inspectors together across Europe …

The travelling inspector? Education policy and the making of Europe Read More »

Open Policy Making: Procedural or Instrumental?

Jill Rutter of the Institute for Government writes about the UK Government’s approach to ‘open policy making’. One of the questions at the SKAPE launch on Thursday was whether the UK government was pursuing open policy making for procedural (increasing involvement, democratic engagement in the policy making process) or for instrumental reasons (getting better results). …

Open Policy Making: Procedural or Instrumental? Read More »

Targets in Public Policy: Disciplining or Signaling?

Targets have become a popular tool for galvanising improvements to public services across OECD countries. But targets also have an important signaling function: they they can be adopted to signal commitment to, or underscore achievement of, a range of political or organizational goals. In a new paper prepared as part of the Politics of Monitoring …

Targets in Public Policy: Disciplining or Signaling? Read More »