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School Boards in the Governance Process

  • Lejf Moos
  • Jan Merok Paulsen

Part of the Educational Governance Research book series (EGTU, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Lejf Moos, Jan Merok Paulsen
    Pages 1-10
  3. Country Reports

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Lejf Moos, Klaus Kasper Kofod, Ulf Brinkkjær
      Pages 13-29
    3. Mika Risku, Pekka Kanervio, Seppo Pulkkinen
      Pages 31-48
    4. Jan Merok Paulsen, Mona Strand
      Pages 49-65
    5. Olof Johansson, Elisabet Nihlfors, Linda Jervik Steen
      Pages 67-83
  4. Thematic Chapters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Lejf Moos, Jan Merok Paulsen, Elisabet Nihlfors, Pekka Kanervio, Seppo Pulkkinen
      Pages 87-100
    3. Hans Christian Höyer, Jan Merok Paulsen, Elisabet Nihlfors, Klaus Kasper Kofod, Pekka Kanervio, Seppo Pulkkinen
      Pages 101-115
    4. Klaus Kasper Kofod, Jan Merok Paulsen, Olof Johansson, Seppo Pulkkinen, Pekka Kanervio
      Pages 117-133
    5. Elisabet Nihlfors, Jan Merok Paulsen, Guri Skedsmo, Lejf Moos, Seppo Pulkkinen, Pekka Kanervio
      Pages 135-148
    6. Jan Merok Paulsen, Mona Strand, Elisabet Nihlfors, Ulf Brinkkjær, Pekka Kanervio, Seppo Pulkkinen
      Pages 149-163
    7. Jan Merok Paulsen, Lejf Moos
      Pages 165-178
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 179-180

About this book


This book analyses local school district governance in a comparative, cross-cultural perspective based on national studies of local school boards in the Nordic countries, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The overarching research question explored by the national studies contained in this volume is: How are transnational influences of standardization and accountability, alongside national policies, transformed into local policy cultures by the school boards? In all the Nordic countries, the municipalities are equivalent with the school district level, and municipalities, as such, play a role as the interface between state policies and the schools. This book discusses the variation across different national systems in the Nordic countries in the degree of decentralism, as well as the processes through which sources of political autonomy are put into practice by school boards. It explores the interplay between context and policy-making at the local level, and analyses how local discourses expressed by school boards differ from national policies and trans-national influences. The book’s analysis of the country-cases and thematic chapters shows that there are both important similarities and significant differences in governance functions, power relations and understandings of school board chairs and members between the countries studied. Moreover, the book analyses the many ways in which these similarities and differences affect the work context of school leaders and teachers in the Nordic countries.


educational administration educational comparison educational governance election of members of school boards local policy making local school district governance national systems in the degree of decentralism participatory democracy school district level school district studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Lejf Moos
    • 1
  • Jan Merok Paulsen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EducationAarhus UniversityCopenhagen, NVDenmark
  2. 2.Faculty of Teacher Education and International StudiesOslo and Akershus University College of Applied SciencesOsloNorway

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