Nordic Superintendents: Agents in a Broken Chain

  • Lejf Moos
  • Elisabet Nihlfors
  • Jan Merok Paulsen

Part of the Educational Governance Research book series (EGTU, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Lejf Moos, Elisabet Nihlfors, Jan Merok Paulsen
    Pages 1-22
  3. Country Reports

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Lejf Moos, Klaus Kasper Kofod, Ulf Brinkkjær
      Pages 25-63
    3. Mika Risku, Pekka Kanervio, Seppo Pulkkinen
      Pages 65-98
    4. Jan Merok Paulsen, Hans Christian Høyer
      Pages 99-138
    5. Olof Johansson, Elisabet Nihlfors, Linda Jervik Steen, Sara Karlsson
      Pages 139-173
  4. Thematic Chapters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Lejf Moos, Olof Johansson, Jan Merok Paulsen, Mona Strand, Mika Risku
      Pages 177-205
    3. Jan Merok Paulsen, Elisabet Nihlfors, Ulf Brinkkjær, Mika Risku
      Pages 207-231
    4. Klaus Kasper Kofod, Olof Johansson, Jan Merok Paulsen, Mika Risku
      Pages 233-263
    5. Elisabet Nihlfors, Hans Christian Høyer, Klaus Kasper Kofod, Mika Risku
      Pages 265-285
    6. Lejf Moos, Jan Merok Paulsen, Olof Johansson, Mika Risku
      Pages 287-310
    7. Lejf Moos, Elisabet Nihlfors, Jan Merok Paulsen
      Pages 311-334

About this book


This book analyses the superintendent position and relations  and shows how the well-known policy umbrella, the New Public Management (NPM), is being adapted to national contexts. School superintendents are civil servants at the heart of the governance of municipal education. Educational governance in the Nordic countries - Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden - is currently undergoing comprehensive restructuring and reconceptualisation at the hands of national governments influenced by transnational agencies. Our analyses of the superintendent position and relations show that the well-known policy umbrella, the New Public Management (NPM), is moving towards focusing on soft governance and social technologies as the preferred means of influences. Thus we rename it New Public Governance (NPG).


Danish superintendents Finnish superintendents Superintendents’ motivational forces Swedish superintendents accountabilty - responsibility chairs and school leaders general public governance middle-municipal level network governance new institutionalism relations between politicians and administrators school boards and principals superintendents’ leadership practices transnational thinking New Public Management New Public Governance de-politisation governance network neo-liberal discourses

Editors and affiliations

  • Lejf Moos
    • 1
  • Elisabet Nihlfors
    • 2
  • Jan Merok Paulsen
    • 3
  1. 1.Danish School of EducationAarhus University CopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Department of EducationUppsala University UppsalaSweden
  3. 3.College of Applied SciencesOslo and Akershus University Fac. of Teacher Educ. and Inter. StudiesOsloNorway

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-25104-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-25106-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-9548
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-9556
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