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Governing by inspection? European inspectorates and the creation of a European education policy space

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This paper draws on the first, completed phase of a research project on inspection as governing in three European inspection systems. The data presented here draw attention to the rather under-researched associational activities of European inspectorates and their developing practices of policy learning and exchange, and highlight their significance as contributing to an emergent European Education Policy Space (EEPS). The paper is framed by original approaches to inspection that locate it as a set of governing practices, connected to changing governing forms and the growth of networks of relationships and flows of data across Europe. Comparisons are drawn between the relationships with Europe of inspectorates in Scotland, Sweden and England, drawing on Jacobsson's conceptualisation of regulative, inquisitive and meditative governance as a framing device.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Social and Political Science,University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK 2: Centre for Educational Sociology,University of Edinburgh, UK 3: Department of Education, University of Oxford UK and Department of Education, Mid-Sweden University, Sweden

Publication date: November 1, 2013

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